+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2
1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: Was almost done with enlisting, minor in possession alcohol. :(

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    8

    Default Was almost done with enlisting, minor in possession alcohol. :(

    Hey everyone new to the forums.

    So my question is will having 2 minor in possession charges screw things up for me. My first charge got dismissed because I didn't know anything about the alcohol and I told the D.A. that I was enlisting into the army and he talked to my recruiter and cut me a break. But this time same situation I show up to a house not knowing there was booze, I was only there for 10mins and as I was pulling out the driveway a cop pulls up saying there is a noise complaint and to step out of the car. Next thing you know boom there was alcohol in the house so I get a summons to court for minor in possession. So I am really freaked out because I have a A&B charge that got dismissed and 1 MIP charge that got dismissed and now a pending MIP charge that I will need to go to court for.

    This is all I want to do in life and that's being a soldier and I don't want this to screw this up for me. Even if it makes my enlistment harder I don't care as long as I can serve that will make me happy, so please any information at all will help. Thanks, Jared
    Last edited by Jgrillo123; 07-12-2010 at 11:26 AM.

  2. # ADS

    Join Date
    Just Now
    Posts
    42

  • #2
    The Chopping Block papachop's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Fort Sill, OK
    Posts
    2,210

    Default

    Welcome to the forums!

    I'm sure it will depend on if you get convicted of the minor or not, but either way, the best bet is to go talk to your Recruiter.
    1LT Papa Chop
    Executive Officer (25A)

    Quote Originally Posted by GEN Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “The one quality that can be developed by studious reflection and practice is the leadership of men.”

  • #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    8

    Default

    I talked to my recruiter and he said the best bet is to get it dismissed so once when I get summoned to court I'm gonna have the D.A. talk to my recruiter and see what can happen, and have him talk to some friends I know that are high up there in the army ranks. My lawyer said most likely I would get a continuance without a finding which means if I keep my nose clean for 3 months (which I will this just was bad luck for me) the charge will get dismissed, but in the eye of the military a continuance without a finding is still considered bad. So I really do not know what to do, take the CWOF or try and reason with the D.A. and have him talk to my recruiter and a couple of my family friends.

  • #4
    The Chopping Block papachop's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Fort Sill, OK
    Posts
    2,210

    Default

    I'd go talk to the DA, personally. It was your mistake (regardless of how it went down) and you need to take ownership of it - that will look best in the eyes of the Army.

    Don't let luck have anything to do with your conduct in the future - don't put yourself in situations where things can go wrong.

    Good luck!
    1LT Papa Chop
    Executive Officer (25A)

    Quote Originally Posted by GEN Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “The one quality that can be developed by studious reflection and practice is the leadership of men.”

  • #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    8

    Default

    Alright I think that's what I am going to do, thanks Papachop. And your right no matter what it is my fault and you gotta man up to your mistakes especially in the eyes of the court.

  • #6
    Senior Member asherdasher114's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Where the Army tells me to go
    Posts
    147

    Default

    Just my .02 on minor in possession charges. If what you say is true, I don't see how they can give you a possession charge. First, you didn't have any booze in your possession! Second, the cop didn't give you a breathalyzer, so they have no proof that you were even drinking. Using the Army as a reason to get out of a charge twice might not look so good to the DA, that is if you see the same person. Don't go into the office saying 'well they let me out of it last time because I'm joining the Army'! lol. Go into the DA, tell them your side of the story, insist that you knew nothing about alcohol being present, you didn't have any alcohol in your car, and there was no breathalyzer to prove that you were drinking. I just really don't see how you can get a charge like this without proof! Anyways, good luck, hope it all works out for you!

  • #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    8

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by asherdasher114 View Post
    Just my .02 on minor in possession charges. If what you say is true, I don't see how they can give you a possession charge. First, you didn't have any booze in your possession! Second, the cop didn't give you a breathalyzer, so they have no proof that you were even drinking. Using the Army as a reason to get out of a charge twice might not look so good to the DA, that is if you see the same person. Don't go into the office saying 'well they let me out of it last time because I'm joining the Army'! lol. Go into the DA, tell them your side of the story, insist that you knew nothing about alcohol being present, you didn't have any alcohol in your car, and there was no breathalyzer to prove that you were drinking. I just really don't see how you can get a charge like this without proof! Anyways, good luck, hope it all works out for you!

    Yeah when I talked to the D.A. the first time I never mentioned the army like I said i was enlisting and if you want to talk to my recruiter then he can. I'm going to go in tell my story to the D.A. give them my recruiters number and be completely truthful. Because yes they didn't Breathalyze me so they have no proof i was drinking i think i should be fine, but if i take the continuance without a finding, will this screw me over?

  • #8
    Moderator MSG Glenn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Milwaukee,WI
    Posts
    5,092

    Default

    It could very well screw up your chances of getting into the Army if those charges stick. The Army can afford to take only sqeaky-clean people now.

    Talk to your DA & the Recruiter. It's possible something can be arranged. Since your Recruiter knows about it & told you what to do then that's what you have to do.

    Your state evidentally has a zero tolerance law & even though you weren't in actual possession or had been drinking you were present where that was going on & sometimes that doesn't make any difference. It can still be regarded as possession in their eyes. If I were you I'd stay far away form any booze from now on. Even if you have an Army contract signed & gert caught again you can be kicked out of the DEP & disqualified for service. Lesson learned. You won't be allowed to enlist, even if they let you, until all of your legal matters are cleared up - court dates, fines paid, probation or jail time served, community service satisfied, etc.
    Proud Dad of a US Army Airborne Ranger SSG
    Retired US Army 1SG/MSG, Airborne Infantry, G-3, Instructor
    Former USN - Submarines, USS Chopper (SS 342) & Navy Diver, UDT 21
    I was a Soldier. I am a Soldier. I will always be a Soldier.

  • #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    8

    Default

    I know it will be hard to enlist if these charges stick, but my other charges were dismissed and this is the only pending charge that I have. I have read up on other army forums and stuff people have much much worse charges than me and they still got in the military. So this might make my enlistment harder but even if it takes time for me to join I do not care.

  • #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    94

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jgrillo123 View Post
    Hey everyone new to the forums.

    So my question is will having 2 minor in possession charges screw things up for me. My first charge got dismissed because I didn't know anything about the alcohol and I told the D.A. that I was enlisting into the army and he talked to my recruiter and cut me a break. But this time same situation I show up to a house not knowing there was booze, I was only there for 10mins and as I was pulling out the driveway a cop pulls up saying there is a noise complaint and to step out of the car. Next thing you know boom there was alcohol in the house so I get a summons to court for minor in possession. So I am really freaked out because I have a A&B charge that got dismissed and 1 MIP charge that got dismissed and now a pending MIP charge that I will need to go to court for.

    This is all I want to do in life and that's being a soldier and I don't want this to screw this up for me. Even if it makes my enlistment harder I don't care as long as I can serve that will make me happy, so please any information at all will help. Thanks, Jared
    Welcome JGrillo,

    First thing that is important here is your ship date. because If your sworn in yet your process will be put on hold until you clear this case as well as complete whatever sentence you receive. You will must likely have to do a military required interview questioning your alcohol status (since you are a minor). That part is not a big deal. You can have 2 misdemeanor alcohol charges but overall you DO NOT WANT THEM ON YOUR RECORD. THEY AFFECT YOUR SECURITY CLEARANCE. Personally my SC cut mos options from like 40 to 10. I know all this information because I also had 2 misdemeanor charges for minor pos of alcohol. When you go to court if you plead no contest you will most likely get a lowered charge of around $100-$150 dollars. If you want to plead not guilty you will have another court date to argue your case. If you have a lawyer it will likely get dropped.

    On a side not my friend. You are who you hang out with. I leave sept 1st and about a month ago I recieved a charge for fake Id b/c I decided to go hang out with some friends at a beach and get trashed. If you want to drink man wait till your of age. No offense if you are telling the truth about your story but I have no clue why a officer would give you a minor possesion charge if he didn't see you with a drink or reasoning... Go look at my post when I was in trouble not 3 weeks ago. If your like me and all you want is military in your future lets act like it brother.

  • + Reply to Thread
    Page 1 of 2
    1 2 LastLast

    Similar Threads

    1. possession...
      By armywanb in forum Joining the Army
      Replies: 5
      Last Post: 03-31-2010, 06:38 PM
    2. Enlisting with a GED
      By laura2722 in forum Joining the Army
      Replies: 14
      Last Post: 02-24-2010, 12:34 PM
    3. Enlisting with a GED..
      By laura2722 in forum Joining the Army
      Replies: 2
      Last Post: 01-10-2010, 05:18 PM
    4. help enlisting
      By merc1187 in forum Joining the Army
      Replies: 2
      Last Post: 11-05-2009, 11:35 AM
    5. Enlisting,Help!
      By Prvt. Sanchez in forum Joining the Army
      Replies: 11
      Last Post: 09-30-2009, 07:09 AM

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts