I was walking to a house party in Berkeley, CA carrying an alcoholic beverage in an opened can. Unaware of the consequences of doing so I was stopped by the police and issued with a citation (labelled as an infraction) for breaking Section 25620 of the Business and Professions Code- carrying an opened container of alcohol. The police told me I would have to pay a small fine and it was a public offense.
Upon contacting the court the person I spoke to over the phone said I should be prepared to pay a fine of approximately $500. Is this usual? Also I am from overseas and do not possess a CA drivers license. Will this infraction be recorded on my criminal record in the US and affect my future employment in the US?
Please let me know.
Thanks in advance!I forgot to mention that I am 22 years old