Thank you for your question. This is a Class A misdemeanor
under Texas law, so if convicted or you plead guilty to this offense, it will show up on a criminal
background check, which can affect your employment opportunities. Specifically, the statute reads:
Sale to Minors (106.03)
A person commits an offense if with criminal negligence he sells an alcoholic beverage to a minor.
A person who sells a minor an alcoholic beverage does not commit an offense if the minor falsely represents himself to be 21 years old or older by displaying an apparently valid Texas driver's license or an identification card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, containing a physical description consistent with his appearance for the purpose of inducing the person to sell him an alcoholic beverage.
(c) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000.00 fine)
Additionally, your license can be suspended for up to 180 days.
I'm presuming you have a court
date for your first appearance (which is where they will formally read the charge and allow you to enter a plea). If you don't have a private criminal defense lawyer by your court date, you need to show up to court and plead not guilty. If you cannot afford an attorney, ask the court to appoint you a public defender.
The court will then continue your case until a later date. Once you have an attorney, you need to discuss this matter with him or her. It's possible you may have a defense to the charge, or it possible as a first offender that your attorney could work out some kind of a plea to keep this off your record.
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