Parents expect that the teachers at their children’s public schools will teach them responsible habits. This includes steering the vulnerable teens away from the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and championing safe-sex. Teachers are supposed to instill values in their students and help to shape their worldview so that they are non-discriminatory, knowledgeable, and self-confident. However, a teacher in Jacksonville, North Carolina has not accomplished any of these goals with her high school students. The teacher works at the Onslow County elementary school, yet she tried to get friendly with the high school students in the area. Chances are that this teacher wanted to come off “cool,” which is why she chose to throw parties that involved alcohol for the teens.
The 52-year-old teacher is accused of giving malt beverages to teens that are fifteen through eighteen. These high school students would visit her home on Running Road in Jacksonville, knowledgeable that she would provide them with illegal beverages. The incidents were discovered by police after one of the teens leaked the story. They arrested her along with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents. One of the special agents in charge of the case told ABC Local News that North Carolina takes providing alcohol to underage persons very seriously.
This woman was entrusted with the care and education of children, which caused her story to carry even more weight. The Alcohol Law Enforcement agents discovered that the underage drinking in this woman’s home happened more than once, and that 11 high school students attended one of the parties. Maybe you are facing a similar charge. There are times that people fail to realize how seriously providing alcohol to a minor is. If you were trying to be friendly, and served alcohol to a minor, then you may need a defense team to help you. Pleading ignorance, explaining a special situation, or admitting for a plea bargain may all be choices that could lessen your sentence. Talk to someone at our firm today if you are working through an alcohol-related crime.