Hi I'm new to the board, but I have a question(s).
On January 8th, I was with friends, ages between 16 and 27 (I'm 25) and we always go to this park (skatepark) in our town (Downey,CA) and so one day one of my friends was like we should have margarita Monday. Well that did not end up happening. We instead got some flavored Vodka. Now we were sitting on the grass in a big group and my friend made the drinks. Only a few people took sips and did not like it, so we packed everything up in a bag and there were two cups and we just went to sit by the benches and watched people skateboard and talked.
Well next thing we know the park ranger called the cops, who came and asked us who was drinking. Well one by one we had to explain what we were doing with the alcohol. I told the officer that we brought it from home (although it was brought from the store by me for me to drink but my friends wanted to drink as well) and that a few people drunk some (including myself). Mind you the cups were still full because nobody liked the drink and NOBODY was drunk AT ALL!
So the officer gave me a ticket for consuming alcohol in public (misdemeanor), thumb printed me (he said for records), took the alcohol bottle and let me leave and now I have to go to court in a month. I have no misdemeanors on my record at all. All I have is a ticket from last month for not properly wearing my seatbelt. I have never been to court or anything. This is my first time. I have always obeyed the law but I used bad judgement this time (I assumed it was ok because many people have had BBQ's there and have drunk alcohol out in the open before and nothing was done).
I want to know what is the consequence? The officer told me if you have a clean record, then you get probabtion or a fine but no jail time. What exactly is a clean record?? Like I said I have a traffic ticket for the seatbelt. The officer did not put "purchase alcohol for minor" or anything like that on the ticket but just "4103 DMC (this part under code and section)-consume alcohol in public place." I am worried because my friend told him she purchased it with her emt card or some card and I said we brought it from home.
Also I am in college (not working, so I can finish my last semester) and I get financial aid (which I plan on using if I have to pay a fine for this). Will this stop my school from giving me financial aid? (I go to a Cal Sate school).
I know it was stupid and this will never happen AGAIN!!! I have not even been back to the park.
Any help is appreciated..THANK YOU.