If my son is 18 and was arrested for under aged drinking, public intoxication and disorderly conduct, what kind of fine/time is he looking at?

My son is 18 and was arrested for under aged drinking,public intoxication and disorderly conduct in pa. this is his first offense ever for a drinking offense. What kind of fines or time is he looking forward to? He got 3 citations. He has to plead to them. He has Aspergers syndrome with intermittent explosive disorder and is on SSI for being legally disabled. What do I do? I can’t afford to hire an attorney in full.

Asked on August 13, 2012 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

Andrew Goldberg

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Disorderly conduct is a summary offense and the max. fine is $300. It is the equivalent of a traffic ticket. As to the "Underage Drinking", do not ( !!!) plead guilty as there is a 6 month license suspension. Rather, go the Preliminary Hearing and ask the District Judge to put your son in the diversionary program. It is automatic for first time underage dinking arrests. I your son successfully complets the diversionary program  (i.e.,  community service and/or classes), there is no criminal conviction and no license suspension.


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