I got an underage 3 months ago and plead not guilty and just got community service. Now I don't remember if I got something saying if something happens again, within a certain amount of days, if I could get in further trouble. But this past weekend I got a disorderly conduct. I was helping a girl that went to her car and we were just sitting in her car (parked, off, side of road). Her friend came and they got out of the car and switched seats while a cop was at the light behind us. This was after a party and we were both drinking (her friend wasn't). We were cooperative with the police and everything, admitted to drink (but didn't get tests done), and they just gave us a d. conduct. I'm just wondering if this could really harm me since I had that underage before.
You should definitely consult with an attorney. You could indeed face further sanctions on the underage drinking charge if you have not yet satisfied all of the elements of your sentence. Furthermore, the fact that this is your second criminal charge in 3 months will not be looked upon with favor if and when the court imposes sentence. You will want an effective advocate on your side.
Without knowing all of the facts and circumstances, I can not tell you properly. but it sounds like it might.
You need to consider the effect that these charges will have on your ability to get and keep job. I represent men and women throughout PA and NJ who seek to minimize their criminal records. The Underage Drinking charge can be cleared when you turn 21, but you have to proactively act to expunge it. If you are convicted of the Disorderly Conduct charge, assuming it is a Summary Offense, it will be on your record for at least five years.
Were these in the same court? A decent lawyer maybe able to advocate on your behalf to get this reduced or thrown out. I am happy to speak with you, if you are interested.
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