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My 17 year old son has been caught with beer by the police

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My 17 year old son has been caught with beer by the police who confiscated it and he then gave them another boy's name and a false address. The police have been to this boy's house and asked him to come to the station tomorrow. I think my son should go first thing in the morning and admit what he did. What can we expect? He hasn't been in any trouble at all before
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
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Is this just alcohol?
If so, why shouldn't he have alcohol? He wasn't on licensed premises?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Just alcohol. He was carrying a box of beer whilst walking to a friends house. It's the giving of someone else's name and a false address that is concerning me

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Yes, that will be the issue.
But why do the police want the person to attend?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I really don't know. He hasn't been in trouble before either and has obviously denied it as it wasn't him.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
There is an offence in giving false details to the police called obstructing an officer but I don't think that can be the basis of this.
I presume they don't know he gave false details or he wouldn't have been allowed to walk away.
There is no offence per se in having alcohol at 17.
I would never normally advise anybody to confess to anything but I think he has no option here. The other boy will soon implicate him if he is arrested so they will return to him anyway.
Can I clarify anything ?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

What do you think they will do?

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
It depends what the substantive matter is.
Obstructing a police officer just carries a fine.
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