Did your son know that the alcohol was in the trunk?
There are defenses to every alleged crime.
Retain an attorney who will review every defense with you.
Until retained, this answer does not constitute legal advise, as it is based on extremely limited information.
It would be in your son's best interest to hire an experienced local criminal defense attorney. A minor who is found guilty of transporting alcohol will suffer a 90 day loss of license. An attorney can look into whether the officers initial stop of your son's vehicle was illegal, as well as the subsequent search of the vehicle's trunk. An attorney may also be able to work out a resolution with the officer whereby your son would not lose his license.
My colleagues have really summed it up well. More would need to be known, but investigation by a private attorney is important. Be aware that there may be collateral consequences, specifically a license suspension. A plea that can avoid that may be an option.
This is not intended as individual legal advice and there is no attorney client relationship established by this answer. It is advisable that you seek individualized legal assistance. This is not a substitute for hiring an attorney.
More information is necessary. You will need to engage a criminal defense attorney in PA to consult with.
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