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Keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors is a major priority for alcohol and tobacco agents of the Georgia Department of Revenue. They test businesses by sending in undercover and underage agents who try and buy beer.
"You can enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest," Judge Leisa Phillips said of the Georgia Department of Revenue to one business owner.
"I'm going to find you guilty of the violation," Judge Phillips said to Mr. Patel.
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On Your Side went on a recent sting with the ATD when seven businesses were busted.
Meaning, Mr. Patel will probably pay a $500 fine and have his liquor license put on probation for a year.
Sometimes they don't.
And that's all the judge needs.
The last business, Teresa's Restaurant on Walton Way was a no show Wednesday, meaning it will likely face a stiffer penalty.
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"We want to enter a plea of no contest," responded one lawyer to Judge Phillips.
In court, he says it didn't happen, but the underage agent says it did.
Either way, Judge Phillips hopes this is the last time she sees these businesses in her courtroom. "It's very important to the department that we know they are making Nike Mag Original Price
efforts to make sure it won't happen again," she said.
On Wednesday, we were there when four of them had their day in court.
"You sold alcohol to person under the age of 21," Special Agent Jason Dykes told one clerk while writing a citation.
You first read the story last week when seven businesses out of 21 were busted for selling booze to underage law enforcement agents in a recent sting. Wednesday was the day for many of them to fess up or fight the charges.
He's going to enter a plea of not guilty," said Rajal Patel, daughter of 1st Stop Convenience Store Owner Jayesh Patel.
asked one clerk.
12 On Your Side caught Jayesh Patel selling alcohol to an underage agent on a hidden camera recently.
The five other businesses that were cited the night we tagged along, pleaded guilty or no contest. Both bring the same punishment:
When they do sell, they get to meet Judge Phillips who decides their fate.
Some decided not to fight it.
"I purchased a 40 ounce Budweiser at $2.65," the agent said.
And some don't.
Sometimes, businesses ask the right questions.
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