Your admission is what the officer is depending on to accuse you of possessing (drinking) alcohol while being under the age of 21. If you can afford counsel, you should consider hiring an attorney to possibly resolve this matter in a way that does not affect you negatively in the future. Best of luck to you!
For the ticket you received, go to Court and see what options the Court offers you to keep your driver's license. If there is an attorney in your area that is affordable, I would suggest taking him/her with you.
Notify your insurance carrier of the incident and that it wasn't your fault as supported by the police officer and police report. Then, go see an attorney that handles Personal Injury matters. Your personal injury lawyer may have a referral for a criminal defense attorney...
Mr. Smith is right; it is difficult to answer this question and advise you properly. I suggest you make it a point to meet with your attorney immediately and if there is any evidence that is being held by the State, request your attorney make the court aware of it properly.
The court's ORDER is the most important instruction in a case. Obviously you do not want your probation officer to ruin your day by placing a warrant for your arrest in anticipation of the hearing but contact your attorney (from the case) and clarify the Courts Order as well as advise them what the probation officer is telling you. This sounds like a probation officer's attempt to make sure you resolve the community service in advance of your due date.
It looks like the problem is the inability to pay and seldom an issue the court sends people to jail. Now that you have the money, I would have the probation paid off and do it before you are arrested on the warrant. Courts often are frustrated by the sudden payment once you are incarcerated; they think the inability to pay was just an excuse before. Best of luck to you.
I have been in this position with clients 100's of times. I think you should make all efforts to get a job - or have a doctor's order that you cannot work. Bring proof of all of these issues to the Court's attention and use them as a further explanation for why you cannot make payments. THe probation officer will surely have something to say if you stop reporting so - do not do that. Most courts do not incarcerate probationers for their inability to pay. The issue they have is usually...
You may want to consider going to court having done a risk reduction course and showing the solicitor that you do not have a history of this and took your own action to try and keep this from being on your record. Community Service always helps. An attorney would be beneficial but I understand financial constraints. Best of luck to you.
Anthony is absolutely correct, if the DA can control the calendar, then they should have the same influence on whether or not you are required to appear from out of state for hearings like the ones you described above. Not unreasonable request at all in this circumstance.