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there is a $50 fine for this - but the problem is it will be reported to the DMV and you could lose your license for up to 90 days - and while my research does not reveal that it is a misdemeanor offense, you might want to consult with a local attorney about the license suspenion and to be sure the $50 fine does not result as a guilty conviction as a misdemeanor
i cannot tell you whether to inform your parents or not - that is something you will need to decide
i cannot tell you to plead one way or the other - i can only provide your options -
what you will want to do is make sure that if you pay the fine that it does not show as a misdemeanor on your record - that this is, indeed, a fine offense - which i believe it is - i can find nothing saying otherwise. but you will want to be certain.
if it is only a fine, then you could just pay the fine - but againk the matter will be reported to the DMV for the suspension of your license.
thanks for your patience - i just wanted to check the MA Code once more to be sure - and it just seems to be a fine.
here is the law - the underlined section that an arrest can be made, is what causes me concern - if it is not a misdemeanor, i am not sure how the arrest can be made. but the code does not specifically state it as such. that is why i think you need to ask a local attorney
Chapter 138: Section 34C. Minors; operation of motor vehicle containing alcoholic beverage; suspension of driver's license
Section 34C. Whoever, being under twenty-one years of age and not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, knowingly possesses, transports or carries on his person, any alcohol or alcoholic beverages, shall be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars for the first offense and not more than one hundred and fifty dollars for a second or subsequent offense; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to a person between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one who knowingly possesses, transports or carries on his person, alcohol or alcoholic beverages in the course of his employment. A police officer may arrest without a warrant any person who violates this section. A conviction of a violation of this section shall be reported forthwith to the registrar of motor vehicles by the court, and said registrar shall thereupon suspend for a period of ninety days the license of such person to operate a motor vehicle.