Thanks for the information.
You are lucky that you were not arrested and that your parents were able to take the vehicle home.
Underage possession of alcohol is a Class 1 misdemeanor
offense in Virginia, punishable by up to a year in jail, up to a $2500 fine, and suspension of your driver’s license. While many may think it’s a minor offense, it is a criminal charge. A criminal conviction of any severity may not be expunged from your record
. It is a permanent criminal conviction
you will carry for the rest of your life.
For a first offense, the court may defer further proceedings and place the accused on probation
subject to conditions imposed by the court that may include license suspension or restrictions. When proceedings are deferred, the court must require the accused to enter a treatment or education program, or both, depending on what the court believes best suits the needs of the accused. If the accused abides by the conditions, the court will discharge the person from probation and dismiss charges without an adjudication
of guilt (Code of Virginia § 4.1-305
It is possible that you could still be charged with underage drinking. The police officer can still write you a citation. However, it is GREAT that the police allowed you to go home with your parents, AND that your parents were allowed to pick up the vehicle. The vehicle COULD have been impounded and it COULD have cost you/your parents a lot of money to get the car out of impound.
You/your parents may wish to contact an attorney who specializes in criminal law. Sometimes, an initial consultation is free or at a minimal charge. You can discuss the facts of your case, evaluate your options and decide how to proceed.
Below is a link to the Virginia Bar Association attorney referral page.http://www.vsb.org/vlrs/index.php/public/vlrs/
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