May 3, 2004 3:16 AM Subscribe
Legal question time! I hosted a party, and I was charged with Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, section ORS 471.410, Oregon Law. Problem is, I am not 21. More inside. (Note: Any advice will not be referred as legal guidance.)
posted by Keyser Soze to Law & Government (64 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
On saturday, I hosted a party with approximately 40 people. At 11:00Pm, I recieved a noise complaint and the officers walked around outside. I walked outside and presented myself, telling them no one under 21 was in the home. The officers told me some kids said I gave them alcohol, which I denied. They then asked to speak to my brother (17 years old). I said I would be right back, and went inside. The people inside said they did not know where my brother was.
I walked outside and told them this. The officers stayed outside. approximately 1 minute later, I asked a patron who was over 21 to leave, as he had slapped my brother earlier. As he left, he walked up to the officers and told them my brother was in the house.
The officers came to my door and asked to come inside. I told them they could not. One officer pushed me out of the way, and I asked for all of their names and wrote this information down. A door was locked and they told me to open it. I told them I did not have the key (which I didn't) and they moved me to another room.
They then forced the door open, and my brother was in there. There is damage to the door where this happened, and I will soon be taking pictures. My brother and I were led outside. I asked my brother if the cops opened the door, and he said yes. At this point the officers handcuffed me and put me in the back of the patrol car.
I never received my "yellow slip", I only know what my charge is because it is on my release form.
If my ticket indeed states a furnishing alcohol misdemeanor, and I am not 21 years of age, what are my rights? I have looked around on FindLaw and Google but I can't find anything rock solid.