Consequences of Minor in Possession Charges
Under some circumstances, the simple presence of an alcoholic beverage near an underage (under 21) person may result in minor in possession (MIP) charges. More typically, MIP charges result from underage individuals being in possession of an alcoholic beverage; they need not have actually consumed the beverage.
Minor in Possession charges carry a number of potentially devastating legal consequences that should be treated very seriously. Legal representation is highly advisable to any individual facing minor in possession charges.
Minor in Possession Convictions
When over the age of 18, MIP convictions may remain on an individual’s permanent record and may impact his or her academic and professional aspirations. While these long-term consequences are troubling on their own, there are a number of short-term consequences that will likely have a significant impact upon your life, including:
- $500-$2000 in fines
- The possibility of jail time
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Mandatory alcohol awareness class attendance
- Community service hours
The potential consequences of an MIP can be frightening for anyone. Fortunately, you do not have to face this situation alone—an experienced defense attorney can help defend your case, possibly reducing or eliminating the charges against you.
Contact a Dallas Minor in Possession Lawyer Today
If your son or daughter is facing MIP charges, the experienced legal advice of one of our Dallas lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may be critical to mitigating or, in some cases, altogether eliminating these charges. We understand how these charges are likely to be prosecuted and in turn, how best to defend against them. To confidentially discuss your circumstances with one of our Dallas lawyers today, please call (214) 845-7007.