Ok, first off, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO JAIL FOR THIS, so stop worrying about that. You are being charged with a felony - because of the value of your theft.
You need to get an attorney to represent you on this matter. You can be appointed an attorney if you can't afford one.
You hired your lawyer because you trust him or her. He or she has all the facts about your case. You need to speak to him or her.
Ultimately, whether or not you take the stand is your decision, you do not have to. It is the Commonwealth's burden to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
It's statutory rape. The age of consent is 16.
You can go to the police if you want. I would try to speak to the boy and his parents about the legality of this. If you do go to the police the 17 year old boy could be charged and if he is convicted he will be labeled a sex offender for the rest of his life, which will essential impede him forever.
Please think carefully about what you want to do about this.
Hi, First, yes, you can try to get it brought forward early to have your case terminated. Second, You can get it sealed BUT it may be difficult as it is so soon. It's a different process than sealing a conviction or a CWOF. The Judge can deny the sealing and you may have to go back. Third, your conviction shouldn't show up for most CORI checks, but it may still show up as "open" because it is still technically open.
Unfortunately, you are out of luck. You could try to convince the local police to take out a complaint. That being said, if there were civil damages you could consider filing a Civil Complaint. Filing a civil complaint can be very expensive and time consuming and it might be best to just leave it alone and move on.
You can be charged with this, but it will be difficult to convict you if they don't have evidence proving that it is you. You should hire a lawyer and figure out the best defense. There are many possible options, such as a Motion to Dismiss (if they don't have anything), or possibly a remand to a clerk's hearing. You might even need to take it all the way to trial.
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Attorney Gordon is correct. The courts are also even SLOWER now since they are so underfunded, so it is likely that you will get the hearing notice later rather then sooner. Also, you must be notified if they are considering a complaint against you, you will have a right to appear and be heard (or exercise your right to remain silent).
First of all, you are being charged as an adult because you are 17. You are considered an adult in the court system when you turn 17 (even though you can't vote!).
The worse case scenario for a minor in possession of alcohol is a $50.00 fine and a 90 day loss of license.
You will not be entitled to a court appointed lawyer because a first offense does not carry jail time.
If you have never been in trouble before it is possible that you will be offered a Diversion Program (depending on the...
Did you get cited? If you are going to get cited you will get something in the mail, and you may also get a summons for a Magistrate's Hearing. You didn't say how old you are so if you are over 21, you won't get cited for the alcohol in the car. If you were giving the booze to the 'kids' then you may end up having a criminal issue with that...
So far so good. I would recommend consulting a lawyer if you get any further phone calls or letters from the court.