Originally Posted by Jayhawk
They may tell you that doing CS will "hide" it, but I can tell you from the experience of a close personal friend that it will not. No matter what type of diversion program they have, your record will be visible to any official company--financial, legal, insurance, etc.--that wants to get your records. The good part is that the infraction will probably only stay on your record for three to five years.
There is always the possibility that the involvement of a good attorney will get them to drop the charge to a civil offense instead of a criminal matter. Moreover, the laws of each state differ regarding the treatment of records, and if you are a juvenile those can further delineate the records.
In any event, Bryan, talk to your parents; let them see that you want to do the right thing here, you're contrite, etc., and you're willing to pay them back. If they can afford to let you have a benz they can afford to get you an attorney. Work your butt off this summer, 2 or 3 crummy jobs, and you can do it. Don't mess around with this: it's serious. It's the officer's discretion at the time to write a civil or criminal ticket, and I can tell you if you waltz in on your own at the trial the court is not going to respect that. In fact, if you hire a good attorney you may be able to plead it out without ever going to trial.
So I return to the three words I tossed as advice early on in this thread:
HIRE AN ATTORNEY.
(And unlike one of the other posts, yes, I used to practice law. And I had more than my share of infractions growing up, I've been through the system, don't let it use you.)