York, PA asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: How to handle a citation?

My friend recently asked me to come over and help her because she had consumed a lot of alcohol and couldn't function properly, now I was the only 21 year old there and the cops are possibly putting a citation out due to the fact that I was there there was an alcohol Bottle and two adults who aren't old enough to drink. How should I handle this as I've never had any criminal charges or citation of any kind on me before. The family I live with is really nosey too and will berate me if I tell them about it too so will the letter be discreet? I know I shouldn't be focused on the small details but any advice helps

This took place in Carlisle if that helps too

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Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein
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  • Yardley, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: There are many questions that need to be answered before anyone can give you their opinion. Did the police tell you that you were being cited or that you would get a summons in the mail? You could potentially be charged with the crime of supplying alcohol to minors which is a criminal offense. Or you may get a ticket for disorderly conduct. Or you may get nothing. Best to call an attorney to review the case so you have an idea of what could happen. Most lawyers, including myself give free consultations so start calling around. Look for an attorney whose primary practice is criminal defense. Good luck

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Charles E. Dutko Jr.
Charles E. Dutko Jr.
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  • Kutztown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Furnishing alcohol to a minor is a Misdemeanor 3 in PA and carries a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first offense. However, the facts in your case seem outside the norm and it would be better if you spoke directly to an attorney in order to get a more accurate assessment of the case. Most criminal defense attorneys offer a free consultation and should be able to assist you.

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