Hello. I was hoping to get a few opinions on this situation.
I'm a minor (17). My boyfriend is an adult. We decided to take a walk in a section of a national park, since the rain let up for an hour.
His back was sore, so his shirt was off as I had just given him a massage in the back of the car. Nothing I wouldn't do at a public pool. I had on a long skirt, skin-toned camisole and almost exactly skin-toned undergarment; unfortunately, as a park ranger pulled up, I had just noticed my cami was on inside out, and being one of the rare moral teenagers nowadays, had my boyfriend turn around while I fixed it.
My first instinct was to reach up and shut the light off (yes, we had the light on. We didn't think we were doing anything wrong). As the ranger pulled up behind us, I scrambled to grab and zip up my sweatshirt in lieu of the cami since it would be more practical for standing outside in the rain.
While we sat in the front waiting for the park ranger to get our information, I put on a tshirt as well, but did so without taking my sweatshirt off since the open car door made it cold. This was captured by a second ranger car, who the first had called in a minute or two after finding us.
I'm very aware that this whole situation looks extremely indecent, although it is very much innocent... and looking back, I guess that even having been caught in the midst of switching my shirt around is indecent. We got a citation for trespassing after hours (hours change pretty dramatically from one season to another. We failed to notice the sign on the way in- not gonna contest that), and a summary charge for Disorderly Conduct.
I'd prefer to pay the $200, get this whole ordeal over with, and expunge this once I turn 18 in 7 months. Parents want to go to court about the Disorderly Conduct. I'm concerned that if we do, the fact that the windshield was very foggy (it's been raining lately, so it steamed up fast even though we'd only been in there 10mins tops) will end up causing the jury to rule in the police's favor.
If we do go, I have many character references.... I've been in my school's chastity program for years, was raised devout Catholic, have attended parochial school all my life.... this is the only thing I have ever gotten in trouble with the law for.
I also feel like the ranger did us a bit of a favor in going for the Disorderly Conduct instead of Public Indecency.
Do I have to wait 5 years to expunge this, or cna I do so once I turn 18? Does this count as an arrest? We weren't finger printed, handcuffed, etc....