Should I get a lawyer for attempting to purchase alcohol underage with a fake ID?

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Should I get a lawyer for attempting to purchase alcohol underage with a fake ID?

I got caught attempting to purchase alcohol with a fraudulent ID. It is called an ABC violation. I have a court date. What should I do? Do I need a lawyer? Will it go on my record (the police officers said it wouldn’t).

Asked on August 27, 2011 New York

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

First time offenders may be given a fine of up to 100 hours and community service of up to 30 hours. The court may also require the completion of an alcohol awareness program. The penalties increase for subsequent offenses. Additionally, the court may order that the driver's license of the offender be suspended for a set period of time. The length of the suspension can range from 3 months to the time the offender turns 21. 

At this point you need to see a lawyer. Pick one who practices near the court in question. They can use their local contacts to your best advantage. How these matters are handled varies from courthouse to courthouse, especially in juvenile courts. Consult with an attorney who specializes in these cases. They can tell you how to proceed to minimize the long-term consequences of a youthful mistake.


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