Q: I'm in 18 year who started a job kwikTrip for 2 weeks and today I had a man walk in with facial hair

And wanted to purchase alcohol I assumed he was old enough and sold it to him not sure after a cop came in took me in the bag and said I just sold a minor alcohol I am distraught I'm devastated I've never committed a crime I'm an emotional wreck I in fearful of even going back to work because they embarrassment I've never had any type of charge and I don't understand why a cop would send somebody in to try to purchase alcohol to get somebody else in trouble I've only been at this job for 2 weeks I understand that I should have id'd him but we were told if they look 25 or older and to make that assessment on our own and like I said he had facial hair and a beard and I thought he was of age never would have thought a cop would send someone in to do that I what are my rights and what can I do what can I be charged with and this is going to be on my record I've never had anything on my record before I feel like I don't want to go back to work I feel like I single out

2 Lawyer Answers
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: The charge of selling alcohol to an underage customer is a gross misdemeanor. Law enforcement performs these types of sting operations all the time. You are presumed innocent and cannot be found guilty unless you are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. You are entitled to an attorney and you should apply for a public defender if you cannot afford a private attorney. Do not represent yourself.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Police conduct underage-alcohol-buy stings frequently and have for many years. The best plan would be to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney and set a goal of avoiding a conviction. Keeping your record clean is valuable, and worth fighting for. Call criminal defense attorneys on the phone, to start.

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