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Boone County launching underage drinking diversion program

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The Boone County State's Attorney's Office is launching a program to educate adolescents who have been arrested for underage drinking.

The program is designed to help adolescents learn more about how alcohol can affect their lives and help them gain the skills they need to reduce the likelihood of further legal involvement. Adolescents who successfully complete the program can also receive minimized legal costs and avoid having a criminal record.

The program is available to first-time adolescent offenders under the age of 21 who were not driving at the time of the offense. The offender would have the option to enter a two-day educational program to assess the adolescent risks of alcohol abuse; educate them on the legal, financial, physical, and psychological consequences of substance abuse; and provide alternatives to substance use.

If the offender completes the program successfully and stays out of trouble for six months, the charge of underage drinking will be dismissed.

The fee for the program is $200, significantly less than fines and court costs.

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