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How likely is it that I’ll get jail time?

I had a party and had a bunch of friends over, and some of there friends, like parties go. Some of the people there were under 21. We had a keg and were charging for cups. I guess the neighbors got annoyed because they called the cops on us and found out that we were selling beers to minors (adults, age 18-20). Is this serious? I have a court date next week. How much time am I facing and do I need to hire an attorney or public defender?

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    Mark A. Broughton | Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
    2445 Capital Street
    Fresno, CA 93721
    (559) 233-5333
    This is not a particularly serious offense under the circumstances, but I realize it is important to you, and depending on your age, could have some incidental consequences. You can always consult with, or hire a lawyer. If you cannot afford to do this, and your charge is at least a misdemeanor, the court will appoint the public defender to represent you. Without knowing the exact charge, I cannot tell you what you are facing specifically, but I can tell you that sentencing is a function of many factors, and barring some aggravating factors, you probably do not need to worry about significant jail time.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/10/2013
    William L. Welch, III | William L. Welch, III Attorney
    111 South Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD 21045
    (410) 385-5630
    Your charge papers should indicate the maximum penalty for each of your charges. Even the first time offender, who has no record, might receive the maximum penalty. Ultimately, sentencing it depends on the seriousness of the offense, the defendant's record, mitigation, allocution, and the judge. Even if no jail time were imposed, you might have a permanent conviction, and it might influence whether employers, landlords, and lenders do business with you in the future. The only difference between Public defenders and private attorneys, is that you do not get to choose whom the public defender appoints to represent you. Whether you have an attorney at all depends on whether you are comfortable that you know the law, procedure, rules of evidence, prosecutor, and Judge well enough to risk having a permanent criminal record and possibly serving time.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland - Replied: 1/10/2013
    Eric S. Lumberg | Law Office of Eric S. Lumberg
    7001 Orchard Lake Rd.
    West Bloomfield, MI 48322
    (248) 626-8383
    You should always have an attorney represent you and look at the case. Your rights will be protected and options discussed.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/10/2013
    R. Jason de Groot | R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    Deltona, FL 32728-5775
    (386) 337-8239
    You are probably facing up to a year in the county jail. It would be best to hire an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Florida - Replied: 1/10/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    Jail time will depend on your prior record.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 1/9/2013
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