I was at a liquor store with two friends over 21, I am still 20 (I turn 21 in a month). Even though I was NOT purchasing any alcohol, my friend was. I am visiting here and not familiar with the state/local laws and they asked to see my ID as well, I gave them a fake one. They called the police, I was not arrested but they took the ID, took down my information and told me I will get a court summons mailed to me. I am just visiting for the week from out of state and would not like to have to come back for a court date and I do not want this to be on my record. What do I do?
Hire a criminal defense attorney ASAP. This is a relatively minor charge in Massachusetts and your lawyer may be able to work out a deal with the state prosecutor so that you do not have to come back from your home state.
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Although we all may have had an altered ID in our earlier days, it will depend on how this is charged! As mentioned you need to hire a lawyer fast as there are a number of avenues to pursue. I have seen this charged as a felony but most of the time charged as a misdemeanor.
You should hire an experienced criminal attorney immediately. The courts often do not punish those charged with this crime harshly; however, you could be charged with a felony. The summons is likely to be for a clerk's hearing; not a hearing before a judge. If you and your attorney can stop the matter at the clerk's hearing no criminal record will be created. Get an attorney.
As indicated by the other attorneys, you will probably receive a summons to appear for a clerk magistrates hearing. The C/M can decide to issue or not issue the complaint for Use of a False ID to Obtain Goods or Services. Not really a major crime in this situation. If you cannot return for this appearance (you are too far away, cannot afford the time and money to return, etc.) you could send a lawyer in your place. If you shop around you may find one willing to do a simple one day appearance for short money.
Failing that, you could send the court a letter explaining your circumstances, and maybe even one of your friends (over 21) could go in and explain that you were not buying any alcohol, they were. Not a strong argument because the clerk magistrate would naturally presume you would be drinking it as well. But hey, worth a shot.
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