My question involves criminal law for the state of: California.
I was cited with what is checked as a Misdemeanor on the top of the Notice to Appear but listed as an Infraction in the actual code and section listing. I am unclear as to if this is a misdemeanor of an infraction?
The full Code/Section with description is: 25620(a) B&P Possession of alcoholic beverage in public.
I am a resident of New Mexico and would be unable to return for the listed court date. From reading about this, I know I will recieve information in the mail and have the option to pay a fine(bail) rather than appear in court.
If I pay the fine(bail) will this impact any future employment options, as will I have to state that I have been convicted of a crime?
Do I have the option of contesting this by mail?
Thanks in advance for any insight.
Story behind the citation. Following a Cal football game, I stepped off of a porch to grab a jacket from my girlfriend standing on the sidewalk a few feet away. After stepping off the porch I was approached by plain clothed police officers who asked for my ID to verify I was of drinking age. My ID was then handed of to another officer who feverishly began copying my information down for the wonderful citation I now have.