City of Charleston Drinking Tickets

Whenever the police bust a drinking party in Charleston, IL, minors who were cited for underage drinking start calling me the next business day.  A lawyer is not required for many of these cases.  This is because the City of Charleston has a diversion program for minors cited for consuming or possessing alcohol.  In a nutshell, a minor eligible for the diversion program pays a fine and takes a class.  After the minor completes the program, the city attorney dismisses the case against the minor.  So, before a minor calls me to ask me to represent him in city-ordinance court for an alcohol violation, he should contact the city attorney’s office first to see if he is eligible for the diversion program.  A minor should participate in the program if he is eligible for it.

Jeremy Richey

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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