More and more underage teens are being charged with underage drinking throughout the country, including politician's children. U.S. Senator Rand Paul's son was recently charged with underage drinking and disorderly conduct after being arrested at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

His son was arrested after leaving Kentucky and flying into the international airport in Charlotte. Law enforcement officials did not say if he had been drinking on the airplane or at the airport but the airline service said that he was not served alcohol during the flight.

After the 19-year-old got off the plane, he was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors for disorderly conduct at an airport, being intoxicated and disruptive and consuming beer and wine underage.

In North Carolina, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. It is also illegal for underage individuals to possess or purchase alcohol and those found guilty of possessing, drinking or purchasing alcohol can face fines and possible imprisonment. Underage individuals who use a fake ID to buy alcohol risk having their driver's license suspended if they are caught having a fake ID.

Underage drinking offenses can be very serious and have long-term consequences for individuals convicted of this type of offense. A person who is underage but over 18 may have this conviction show on their record, making it more difficult when applying for jobs or housing. It can also have an impact on a person's college applications or organizations they are associated with.

Underage teens and adults arrested for underage drinking should work with a drunk driving defense attorney as soon as possible to protect their rights and their future.

Source: CNN, "Sen. Rand Paul's son arrested, charged with underage drinking," Jan. 7, 2013