Here in the State of WA these are common occurances, when there is a party and several names are taken and then they have to keep all the information and IDs straight. I believe that there is a very large chance the state will charge you with underage drinking. Talk to an attorney there in your area and get the information you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney that handles these type of cases all the time. I wish I lived in MO so that I could help you.
To answer your direct question, yes, charges are sometimes brought even when an individual is not issued a citation or ticket on the spot. For minor offenses, you may just receive a summons in the mail.
Sounds like the prosecutor will be reviewing the officer's report and will issue charges where he or she believes charges are appropriate. I'm not sure anyone here will be able to predict whether the prosecuting attorney will or will not bring charges, but if charges are brought, an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area should be able to help avoid a conviction for this charge.
Yes, charges can be brought at a later time as the officer indicated. The determination will be up to the prosecutor. The prosecutor may or may not charge you. If you are charged, hire a local criminal defense attorney. A good attorney may be able to negotiate a lesser offense.
The following is not legal advice, but general information. The information may be inapplicable or some exception to these general principles may apply depending on the specific circumstances of your case. The Ditch Law Firm is based in Jefferson City and serves nearby communities including Boone, Callaway, Cole, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan and Osage counties.
If the party was in Greene County, the officer may be referring to a letter allowing you to go through a diversion class (it's an 8 hour class offered on Saturdays) to avoid being prosecuted. Whether the course is offered or not is up to the prosecuting attorney's office and if the class is not offered (or you decide not to attend), the prosecutor may still file charges. I would be glad to talk with you further if you'd like. 417-720-1098.
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