My question involves criminal law for the state of: New York
I was carrying a beer from a bar to my apartment where I'm living while working a summer internship in Manhattan.
I saw an unmarked police car sort of start to stalk me so I set my beer down on the street and crossed to the other side, but a plain clothes officer quickly stepped out of the vehicle while his partner parked, and approached me to cite me for an open container violation.
This seems fairly straightforward, except for this: when asked, I did not present my driver license/ID card to the officer, because the one I was carrying was...less than legitimate. Instead, I offered him my student ID card, which he surprisingly accepted without question. The ID card only carries my name, a pin number that is meaningless off-campus, and a photo of me along with my university's name/logo.
Additionally, the address I gave him is apparently incorrect--this was not intentional, but I had just moved into the temporary residence two days prior and wasn't sure the exact apartment number (obviously my memory was a bit impaired as well).
Now, I have 10-125 (2b) open container citation that lists my real name, a slightly inaccurate address, and my school pin code under "ID number." My question is whether, in your estimation, this citation is now legitimate enough to find its way to my proper identity and record. I currently have another misdemeanor charge in North Carolina (where I attend school) for "open container plus underage possession of a malt beverage" (I should obviously learn my lesson--I'm not in Europe anymore!) for which my prosecution has been deferred to September, and will eventually be expunged/dismissed since I've paid fines and completed mandatory education classes.
Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe my options are:
1. To be brazen (or stupid?) and ignore the citation since the information recorded was seemingly insufficient to really be matched up to me in a faraway state where I go to school
2. To plead guilty and send the mail-in fine, but risk this conviction complicating my still-pending court process in North Carolina.
3. To deal with getting a day off work to show up to court and hopefully get my case dismissed due to the seemingly insufficient transcription of my information.
A further complication is that my court summons date is three days after I'm scheduled to return to Colorado for a brief stay at home before the start of my last year at university.
I would greatly appreciate sound advice on this matter. I apologize if a similar question has already been covered in prior threads--I just thought the circumstances surrounding my particular case might have been unique and changed the course of the advice I'd be given.