I got charged with an Infraction for attempting to purchase alcohol. I didn't actually purchase any and had none in my possession. I'm unsure of what to expect fine or punishment wise as well as if I need a defense attorney. I tried to look up the laws online regarding simply trying to buy the alcohol without a fake but couldn't find any pertaining to it.
Business and Professions Code section 25662, a misdemeanor, pertains to underage possession of alcohol. The big punishment is suspension of your driver's license for a year, plus a mandatory minimum fine of $250 plus penalties and assessments (so about $1300), a youth DUI program and 24 to 32 hours of community service. Since your was an attempt crime, it will be interesting to see how they proceed, but you had the intent to violate 25662.
Now that you know the penalties for the offense (and driving after your license is suspended will put you on a whole new merry-go-round of future penalties), it would behoove you to think long and hard about retaining a skilled and experienced criminal defense trial attorney to handle your defense instead of relying on a PD (Public Defender).
The DA has to prove you attempted to make the purchase, you have quite a number of potential defenses and a skilled trial attorney can pick the DA's case apart.
The biggest concerns are preventing the one year loss of your driving privilege and keeping your record clean of any convictions. You should definitely hire an attorney.
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