What to do if I recently attended what I thought to be a birthday party but wasn’t aware there would be drinking and I got a ticket?

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What to do if I recently attended what I thought to be a birthday party but wasn’t aware there would be drinking and I got a ticket?

As I arrived I realized there was drinking going on and there was no one over 21. The cops shortly after showed up and we all got tickets. The ticket says knowingly order, pay for, share the cost, attempt the purchase, possess or consume any beer or intoxicating liquor. I had not been drinking, and even asked to be give a breathalyzer test to prove I had not been drinking but was denied. What should I do?

Asked on April 16, 2012 under Criminal Law, Ohio

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney to represent you in the matter that you received a ticket for where you simply were at a party where alcohol was being served but had made no attempts to acquire such. You need to remember that in this country, you are innocent until proven guilty and the district attorney's office has the burden of proving the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.

From what you have written, the prosecution seemingly will have a difficult time in prving the charge against you.


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