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so tell me what happened? did you take her to the hospital? parents called by you or hospital? have you been charged with a crime at this point? how is the minor?
yes, it is a misdemeanor 3rd degree - and it does carry a possible one year penalty along with the $1000 fine - and it leaves you with a criminal record. you also are subject to possible civil proceedings if the parents decide to file a lawsuit against you for whatever injuries their daughter might have incurred.
now, there are a few things - first, the law reads "knowingly" meaning that you had to have knowledge that they were drinking - of course, a local attorney is going to be able to help you with that
second, PA does hold minors accountable for their behavior - so this youngster should also be charged with consumption and the penatlies are very stiff for her - no driver's license at age 16 - or suspension of her license if she already has one, community service and probation.
so, you might want to consult with a local lawyer and see what he can do about your knowledge of the behavior and to help ease the blow of the fines and to definitely make sure that you dont do any jail time - possible suspended sentence and probation. but therein lies the criminal record.
it is part of the penalty on the books. will they do that to you? i cant guess. it depends on how hard they want to come after you - i have seen situations where the court and prosecutor have wanted to send a message and have put the parent in jail, even if for a short period and suspended the rest - like 1 year suspend all but 90 days or something like that
you asked if you should have an attorney and i am making you aware of the possible penalties and other consequences.
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