My question involves criminal law for the state of: North Carolina.
Situation: Myself and two other friends were visiting the State of North Carolina. I am 21, one is 17, and another is 19.
I was charged with providing alcohol to a minor and aid and abet to provide alcohol to a minor.
My friend who was driving (17) loaned me money via his debit card to purchase the alcohol, I actually paid him some of my own cash to cover my own debts for borrowing money.
I went inside the gas station and came out and got into the vehicle.
The 19 year old was in the back seat and was not doing anything, but was also charged with possession.
We were pulled over, and each arrested, we did not have our charges read to us until we were at the magistrate judge.
In all actuality they never had the alcohol in their possession, it was in my own possession, as well as the receipts the entire time.
Miranda was also not read, although I know that Miranda can be a bit tricky.
When I arrived to the court, the officer forgot to fill out some paperwork during my actual "court". It was a green sheet called an SBI Final Dissolution Report.
The Magistrate seemed frustrated with the officer in a few of the ways in which he handled things, one of them being, not having appropriate charges for us, in which they had to find out on a computer before actually "charging us".
My friend reports that another cop was texting and driving and had to dodge a car in the parking lot, we were also not buckled in.
This all took place in some backwater town.
I have been charged with the following: 18B-302(A1)
I never gave my friends alcohol.
Thank you for your input.