I need legal help. I am a minor and I messed up big time. I'm looking for advice, not judgment. Help ?
Alright..this may be long..it's a long story. 2 of my friends and I got in some deep trouble. 2 nights ago, we decided to drink. At about 6am (a few hours after our consumption of alcohol) we decided to go on an "adventure". Our first stop was hardees, we were hungry. Then we decided to go on this trail next to a pool known as the "frog pond". Anyways we made to unbelievably stupid and idiotic decision of jumping the fence and going for a swim. About 10 minutes after we jumped in, 2 cops showed up. We were pulled out and told to stand by the cop car. The girl who was with us had a bottle of southern comfort alcohol in her bag, NO we were not drinking it while driving ..it was just with us..but..i assume this wouldn't make a difference. Once they found this bottle that gave them the right search my car. There was nothing in besides some midol tablets for cramps and of course the bottle. I do not do drugs at all. Anyways the guy I was with just turned 20 and the girl was 18. I am however 17. I got charged with only a misdemeanor of trespassing and underage consumption of alcohol. They, however, received 3 charges..trespassing, possession of alcohol, and contributing to a minor. The cops said we were very polite and cooperative so that should help us in court. I basically just want to know what to expect in court. I know it depends on the state but I just want a general idea. We didn't get any breaking and entering charges, we didn't damage anything. They said this happens all the time but people tend to vandalize instead of swim. These were all just misdemeanors..which I know doesn't make it right but I know it could be worse and I'm thankful that it is not. I'm sure I'm facing community service and a suspended or HOPEFULLY a restricted license where I drive to school and work. And possibly some vasap classes. I NEVER drove that night but I did blow over the legal limit of alcohol..no I was not drunk at this point which I know probably doesn't matter. I only had to take the breath test because I was a minor and it was my car but the other two did not have to take it. They were not proven to be drinking at all besides the bottle. Only I was but like I said, I never drove that night, I'm just underage. We were not arrested, just taken home by the cops and are to attend court on the 25th of september. What should i be prepared for? PLEASE PLEASE spare me to lectures. I've never had any offenses against me not even a speeding ticket or parking ticket. I've never been to court other than my parents getting a divorce. I am a good kid and I know it sure doesn't sound like it on a computer screen but we all make mistakes. I've never been in trouble with the cops and I have very good grades. I am a senior in high school this year and trust me, I know I screwed up everything and I learned my lesson and plan to NEVER EVER EVER EVER do anything this stupid again. I'm very angry with myself so like I said...I don't need moral speeches or lectures...I've heard it all and I know you all are right. I'm just nervous and I am ready to face any consequences...I just want to know what these consequences may be. Thanks in advance for your help.. SORRY this is incredibley long.
Asked By: Elle - 8/16/2008
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Answered By: grannynightgown - 8/17/2008
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Answered By: Marvin the Martian - 8/16/2008
That you were drinking may cause some trouble to your friends since they are over age and you a minor, you were not driving so you got no problems there, trespassing and underage consumption of alcohol may be the most problematic depending on the state laws, the trespassing being the worst since it violates a property... More
Answered By: Hashem Y - 8/16/2008
So far you seem to have handled this situation appropriately. That was wise to respect the police and cooperate. Because of this, and because you have never been in trouble before, I'm guessing you'll have the chance to pay for a deferment. It COULD include something like probation for a year or two, license... More
Answered By: afk - 8/16/2008
Depending on your local laws, any of the charges you listed could get each of you jail time. It depends on the judge too. If you blew over the limit, means you were legally drunk, even if you don't feel you were drunk... More
Answered By: diesel - 8/16/2008
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