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I am sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation.
Person should never rely on anything that police officers might tell them, since police officers are not lawyers and it is police officer who had arrested your son for the crime.
Unfortunately, this is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $6,000 upon conviction and pleading guilty or paying a fine would constitute criminal misdemeanor conviction and would state on convicted person's criminal background.
The only way to deal with such serious misdemeanor criminal charge, is to plead not guilty and consult and retain an experienced local criminal law attorney and this attorney can represent your son and contest this charges and hopefully either get the charge dismissed on some type of legal technicality or at least get it reduced to a lower charge and also get your son into first offender program which once completed would get the charge dismissed and would allow your son not to have a criminal conviction on his record.
You can find an experienced and skilled local criminal law attorney by using this established and reputable attorney information / referral websites:
When, choosing a local attorney to represent you, it would be a good idea to choose someone who has a practice exclusively dedicated to criminal law, has at least 10 years of experience and handled similar matters and also regularly practices before the court located in the jurisdiction where your matter will be heard.
I wish you the best of luck!