Iv never done anything wrong in my life . It’s my first offense , I got alcohol to a co worker one night this week . He was working a closing shift of 10:30 and the liquor stores closed at 10. So I said I’d run over there . I didn’t ask his age and didn’t look at his ID I really wish I did . He got a little too drunk and told the police I bought it for him . They did t arrest me yet they want me to fill out a report on what happened . I’m not really sure what’s going to happen or what to do .
It's highly unlikely that you will face jail time for this (although you may be charged with a crime). When no one gets hurt and people don't have a record, they often end up facing some kind of probation, but jail is very unlikely. You are NOT required to make any statement to the police, and I would be very wary of doing so without talking to a lawyer first. You could potentially be admitting to a crime by doing so. If you are charged, talk to a lawyer immediately.
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I agree with the other answer, jail is very unlikely. Hopefully your co-worker wasn't hurt or didn't hurt someone else as a result of his drinking. Assuming that wasn't the case, you may receive a summons to appear in court. I would not write a statement or speak to the police without first obtaining the advice of an attorney.
It is highly unlikely that you will be sentenced to jail for this crime. It is unlikely that you would even be "convicted" of this crime, and a conviction is necessary before any jail time can be given.
Here is why a conviction is unlikely: the underage co-worker's statement that you bought him the alcohol would not be admissible in court unless that co-worker came to trial and testified against you. The police officer he made the statement to cannot testify at trial that, "Underage person said that Defendant bought him the alcohol", as such testimony would be inadmissible hearsay. Know also that the underage person has a 5th Amendment privilege that he can use to refuse to testify at trial (the 5th amendment allows a person to refuse to testify if doing so would incriminate that person).
So, absent convincing the underage person to waive his 5th amendment privilege to testify against you, the only way to prove that you bought alcohol for the underage person is to get you to admit to doing it (this assumes that there are no other witnesses that saw you give the alcohol to the minor). That is why they are trying to get you to fill out a report on what happened. Once you write in that report that you bought the minor alcohol, they will have enough evidence to successfully prosecute you. Perhaps you already made a verbal admission to the police. If so, tell this to the lawyer you hire. If not, make sure not to make an verbal admissions to the police, either in person or on your phone. Also do not talk about this incident on social media.
You have no obligation to fill out this report. Hire a lawyer, and have that lawyer act as a firewall of sorts between you and the police. Without your admitting to doing it, the police will have a very hard time proving that you bought alcohol for a minor at trial, for the reasons stated in paragraph 2 of my response.
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