Manhattan Beach, CA asked in DUI / DWI for Virginia

Q: I was written up for underage drinking in Virginia and want to know what my options are if I plead guilty (first offense

I’m 18 years old and had an open container in public when a cop saw me put it under my jacket and throw it. He made me admit guilt and now I have to appear in court next week. He mentioned a first offender program, but if I don’t do that and just plead guilty, does it go on my record forever? Will it ruin my chances of getting a job just because of this one misdemeanor? I’m scared and don’t know what to do...please help with any advice.

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Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Midlothian, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: It's a criminal misdemeanor and you can't expunged those if you're found guilty. Even the first offender program would need to be discussed depending on the wording of the question on a background check. Get a good lawyer to help you they may be able to do better.

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