How serious is this, really?
October 29, 2007 1:07 AM Subscribe
My inner stupidity surfaced and I got a "Minor In Possession" this weekend in Santa Barbara, CA. I just realized this is a misdemeanor. This is causing me considerable distress, and I have some questions.
I'm a 19 year old male and attend California State University, Long Beach.
I'm always the responsible one. The last guy people would expect to get in trouble with the law. Straight-A student. I've always taken pride in my ability to partake in college socializing while keeping a head on my shoulders. But this weekend in Santa Barbara a short walk 2 apartments away turned into me walking into a cop with a Jack In The Box cup half an inch full of a mixed drink (classy I know). He gave me a ticket, told me when I had to go to court by, and I still feel like an utter, complete idiot.
I basically have a barrage of questions that I can't seem to get a straight answer on between the internet and my friends and family:
-How serious is a "Minor In Possession" misdemeanor, really? In the short run? In the big life picture?
-I know the judge could chose to suspend my license, does this seem extreme?
-What is the fine/consequence typically?
-Will this be on my criminal record forever? Does it somehow fall off after time?
-I'm really afraid this will hinder me from getting jobs, doing volunteer work, and anything else that asks for criminal records. How legitimate is this fear? Am I overreacting?
-At this point I see myself being very comfortable as a professor at a university, is this thing on my record going to be a problem in my path towards that long term goal?
-Is there any way to get this off my record? A friend said he did tons of community service and was cleared.
-Should I consult a lawyer?
-What is the best possible approach towards getting most lenient sentence?