I was on vacation this thanksgiving weekend at Catalina Island in Califiornia, and allowed my mother-in-law to drive a golf cart. She is from India and has to return to India in a couple of weeks. She drove the golf cart off the road into a picnic spot, and the cart was slightly damaged, and a barbecue stand got taken down.
The property manager called the Sherrif, and in my panicked state, gave a false report to the sherrif that I was driving
. I did so, so that I can pay for any damage and make sure that mother-in-law can return back.
Everything was fine, but the next day, the Sherrif asked us both to come to the station. I knew that they may have found the real story, so I confessed to the Sergeant at the station, that I gave a false report and really my mother-in-law was driving. The Sergeant appreciated that, and informed me that the security camera nearby recorded the whole thing.
Now, I have a citation for giving a false report initially. I later found out that it is a misdemeanor
and is a big deal. How can I plead guilty and get the misdemeanor reduced to a fine only, and an infraction instead?