First, you need to hire an attorney with experience in handling these types of cases because with the services of a good experienced attorney you can hopefully get that charge dismissed, and maybe end up with something much less serious. In the long run, if your driving record is otherwise spotless, you should be OK.
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Since you are 17 the matter will be heard in juvenile court. This doesn't mean that everything will be "erased" one you turn 18, but rather that any records of a conviction will be somewhat private. Since this is a gross misdemeanor records will be sent to the BCA, and will be maintained by the court until you are 28. It's a good idea to hire an attorney to see if there is anything you can do to minimize the consequences of this charge on the rest of your life. It's a big deal.