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sean86m

Junior Member
What is the name of your state? NC

I have to go appear infront of a judge for a possesion of malt beverage under 21, this is my second ticket and I was told I have to appear infront of a judge and just cant pay it off, can anybody tell me what to expect? I am 19.
 


Happy Trails

Senior Member
sean86m said:
What is the name of your state? NC

I have to go appear infront of a judge for a possesion of malt beverage under 21, this is my second ticket and I was told I have to appear infront of a judge and just cant pay it off, can anybody tell me what to expect? I am 19.
Okay, I thought in your initial thread you were given an idea of what could happen.

Minors age 19 or 20: Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment up to 10 days and/or a fine up to $200.

Now that doesn't mean you are going to get the max., but knowing the worst thing that could happen is usually a relief.

Seniorjudge's advice:
Standard answer

Here are some hints on appearing in court:

Dress professionally in clean clothes.

Do not wear message shirts.

Don't chew gum, smoke, or eat.

Bathe and wash your hair.

Go to court beforehand some day before you actually have to go to watch how things go.

Speak politely and deferentially. If you argue or dispute something, do it professionally and without emotion.

Ask the court clerk who you talk to about a diversion (meaning you want to plead to a different, lesser charge), if applicable in your situation. Ask about traffic school and the ticket not go on your record, if applicable.


Here are five stories that criminal court judges hear the most (and I suggest you do not use them or variations of them):

1. I’ve been saved! (This is not religion specific; folks from all kinds of religious backgrounds use this one.)

2. My girlfriend/mother/sister/daughter is pregnant/sick/dying/dead/crippled and needs my help.

3. I’ve got a job in [name a state five hundred miles away].

4. This is the first time I ever did this.

5. You’ve got the wrong guy. (A variation of this one is the phantom defendant story: “It wasn’t me driving, it was a hitchhiker I picked up. He wrecked the car, drug me behind the wheel then took off.”)
 

HomeGuru

Senior Member
sean86m said:
What is the name of your state? NC

I have to go appear infront of a judge for a possesion of malt beverage under 21, this is my second ticket and I was told I have to appear infront of a judge and just cant pay it off, can anybody tell me what to expect? I am 19.

**A: expect the judge to be pissed.
 

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