Scout Willis is due back in court on July 31 after being charged with two misdemeanors Tuesday. She allegedly drank a beer and handed cops a fake ID in New York’s Union Square on Monday evening.
Her lawyer tells PEOPLE that Willis, 20, rejected the state’s offer to plead guilty to the charges as they stand now because she would have a permanent criminal record – and that would be unreasonable.
“It would be outrageous to mar a person that’s clearly going places – clearly seeking to have a career … with a criminal record,” her attorney, Stacey Richman, tells PEOPLE. “The goal is clearly a non-criminal offer.”
Describing her client, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter, as “clearly intelligent” and “devoted to her studies,” Richman calls Monday’s arrest “ridiculous.”
“Seriously, you were underage once … who wasn’t looking to get into a bar?” she says.
According to reports, an officer saw Willis drinking an 8-ounce Pakistani beer just before 7 p.m. before she allegedly flashed an officer a New York ID card with the name “Katherine Kelly.”
Willis was released without bail on Tuesday.
Look, it’s not like I think that having a fake ID is some huge crime, but it is a crime. Everyone knows it’s a crime. It’s not a secret. If you’re willing to get a fake ID, carry it around, use it to purchase beer, and then hand it over to a cop, then you should be willing to accept those consequences. And the idea that Scout shouldn’t be charged with anything because she’s “clearly seeking to have a career,” that’s absolutely ridiculous. If that works, then I’ll lose even more faith in the court system than I lost with Lindsay Lohan’s legal mess.
And I really hate the “seriously, you were underage once …” defense. Every single person was underage once, and many of them managed to make it to 21 without getting a fake ID. Not everyone went through a wild phase in their youth in which they experimented with drugs and got wasted every night and broke laws. It’s fine if they did, to an extent, of course, but that’s not what every person experienced, and it’s annoying when someone acts like it is. Because yeah, I was 20 once too, and you know what I did? I went to college and did my homework and worked in the theatre. I hung out with my friends, and I got drunk once and threw up in my friend’s bathroom and locked myself in there while I cleaned up. I never had a fake ID, and I think I only knew one person who actually did. So hush with that line of defense, because it doesn’t work.
And can I just take a moment to remind everyone that Scout showed her fake ID to a cop? She deserves to get charged for stupidity alone.