My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
To begin with, this is my second offense of MIP and I am 21 now. I really don't have a problem with alcohol and I've had a beer or two in me while getting my both tickets. I RARELY get drunk, so please focus on helping my legal situation and not give any thought on how I should work on my personal life.
Anyhow,I was cited with a minor in possession of alcohol in August, and when asked if I had an ID, I showed the officer my foreign drivers license. He did not write down my foreign drivers license number and he did not take my fingerprints and the address is wrong. The first time I was charged with an MIP, they took both my drivers license number and my fingerprints. I decided not to appear to court, acting like I did not receive the ticket and I did not get a notice by mail since the address given is wrong. However, I just received a letter from the DMW that my license was suspended and I should contact the court. I did so and they told me about the story and I acted like I never received a ticket. They told me to appear to traffic court mon-thur 8am and file a misperson claim or something like that.
Now, my question. What are my chances of fighting this charge and what are your suggestions? I really can't afford to lose my drivers license since I am alone in a foreign country and it would really make my life more difficult without a car. Other than that, I am an Engineering student with 3.0++ GPA with no other violations than the first MIP charge.
A friend of mine told me to contact the DMW of my country and tell them that I lost my drivers license and tell the court that someone must have used my ID and I did not know that it was gone until I was notified by the court about the situation. If the officer would have taken fingerprints it could prove that I was innocent.
Also, this happened in a college town where more than a 500 MIPs are given out every week. What are the chances of the officer remembering me after 6 months?
Thank you in advance!
A worried college student.