A teenager from College Station was arrested this weekend and will now likely be charged with drug and alcohol-related offenses. While underage drinking citations and small-time drug violation may not be the end of the world, they can pose more of a problem than most Texas A&M students think.

The 19-year-old man was pulled over a half-hour after midnight Sunday after a police officer reportedly saw him turn left without using a turn signal. The officer reported that when he approached the car, he could small alcohol and burned marijuana fumes emanating from inside.

When he was questioned by officers, the student evidently took the truthful route and handed the officer "a bag of marijuana." The officer also reported that the man told him he had consumed two beers before getting into the car. While that may have not been enough to get him intoxicated, it violates Texas zero-tolerance policy towards drinking before the legal age of 21.

The man was taken to Brazos County Jail and has now been released on bond that exceeded $2,500. Charges have not been announced yet, but they are certainly forthcoming because prosecutors are highly unlikely to just sweep something like this under the rug.

While prosecutors are drawing up their charges, it might be a good use of this young man's time to speak to a criminal defense attorney. Especially if he has never faced accusations like this before, he would do well to at least understand what he is up against.

Source: The Bryan-College Eagle, "College Station traffic stop leads to drug, alcohol arrest," April 23, 2012