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Teen facing misdemeanor charges after wild party with alcohol

If you belong to the group of Oklahoma parents who believe underage drinking is not much of a problem, a recent incident out of Delaware County may change your mind. According to the media, the teen who hosted the party has been charged with several misdemeanors. The party occurred on July 29 near Ketchum at the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake and allegedly involved more than 200 teenagers.

One of the teens, an 18-year-old female, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, obstructing an officer and allowing guests under 21 to "possess and consume alcohol or a controlled dangerous substance. The police released the teenager on her own personal recognizance with an order to appear in court at a later date.

Reports indicate that the party was intended to be a small gathering, but eventually grew out of control. Deputies with Delaware and Craig County received a call from one of the neighbors about the party. When the deputies arrived at around 2 a.m., they reportedly discovered the ongoing festivities with numerous vehicles lining the roadside for at least a quarter of a mile. Allegedly, the path to the female teenager's mobile home was strewn with alcoholic beverage containers as well as containers holding marijuana.

In addition to the teen's charges, officers issued citations to eight other juveniles for possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol and public intoxication, according to news reports. Police officers remained on the scene until approximately 7 a.m. while contacting the parents and guardians of the teenagers.

Anytime a child gets into trouble, parents should think twice about writing it off as a youthful mistake. Underage drinking charges and any other negative mark can change the course of a teen's life in unexpected ways. For best results, parents might consider speaking with an Oklahoma-based attorney about building a proper defense for their teen.

Source: The Miami News Record, "'Out of control' lake party leads to misdemeanor charges," Sheila Stogsdill, Aug. 10, 2015

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