Q: I live in NC and got an underage alcohol ticket at the 500. How do I avoid my court appearance and clear my record?
I am 20 years old with a clean record and don't want to drive from NC to Indiana to go to court.
A: You will be ordered to appear in court and must appear for your Initial Hearing or a warrant for your arrest will be issued. However, because this case is a misdemeanor, if you hire a local attorney, he/she should enter on your behalf and waive the initial hearing so you would not have to be present. Depending on the policies of the particular court, the attorney should be able to negotiate the case without you having to return to Indiana.
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