Always a good idea to see a criminal defense lawyer when accused of a crime.
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It sounds like this was a "compliance check" also known as a "sting." In those cases, the police send a minor into the store to attempt to purchase alcohol. The clerk, if a sale is made, is then charged by the police with a crime. In addition, there can be ramifications to the store owner and the liquor license. So, where do we go from here?
Most "sting" operations involving "cooperating individuals" require a written statement of operating procedures. This is frequently true because not only are citizen informants / cooperating individuals involved, the C.I.'s are uniformly minors. So, the first question that you need an answer to was whether the police followed their own S.O.P. with precision. In addition, it is necessary to determine the potential of an entrapment defense. In this case, the police clearly asked you to do something illegal to charge you with a crime. So, it is necessary to determine whether or not they "crossed the line." Issues of recording and surveillance also come into play.
You will require an attorney in this case.
If you are charged you need an attorney.
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