This is my first underage, and the first time i have EVER been in trouble. I'm scared to go to court and i just want to know what he will ask me, when I'm there. I was not holding any alcohol i was just running around my house being obnoxious when the cops got there. Do you think the judge will ask me where i got the alcohol from? Or will he just read off what has happened, then say what do i plead?
Plead not guilty. If you are asked about your date of birth, or asked to confirm your date of birth, say that you decline to answer and are invoking your rights under the 5th amendment.
He or she should just read the probable cause statement, inform you of the charge and of your constitutional rights, let you know the maximum penalties, and ask how you will plead.
If you cannot afford an attorney, ask the court to appoint a public defender as your lawyer.
This answer is my personal opinion, offered for informational purposes only. It is not a legal opinion, nor is it legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship with anyone reading it. Linda Callahan Callahan Law www.dui-defender.net 877DUIAnswer
Hire an Attorney. The judge will ask some questions, but the prosecutor will ask more--were you drinking, where'd the alcohol come from, who was drinking--and will try to get as much information from each of you as possible. Less is more.
You need to attempt to reduce this to a non-alcohol related offense-- or expect to have a conviction, lose your license for six months, pay a $475 license reinstatement fee to the BMV, and hiking your insurance rates--is what to expect, so you better be proactive. Good Luck.
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