I live in Southern California. I got a ticket for not having a Guard card, I didn’t know I needed one. It’s my first time getting a ticket like this

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I live in Southern California. I got a ticket for not having a Guard card, I didn’t know I needed one. It’s my first time getting a ticket like this

I live in Southern California. I recently helped my friend work the door as security at a club. The police came and shut the club down and gave me a ticket for “16240 B:p – No Guard Card”. This had been my first time working security for anyone and I did not know I needed one and informed the police officer and he told me I had to go to court. My question is: What usually happens in these situations for a first offense. I am just worried about it because i do not wanted it on my record because i am trying to be a police officer and it would not look good. I would appreciate your response. T

Asked on June 10, 2009 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

This is a misdemeanor offense.  A conviction of this type should not prohibit you from a career in law enforcement.  You should however, check with the appropriate agency that you would be applying with to make sure.  Additionally, if you want a career out of law enforcement there is a possibility that this conviction could be "expunged"; that is stricken from your record as though it never happened.  There are certain requirements for this.

Right now you need to speak with a criminal attorney.  They will know how you best should proceed.


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