Consequences of Minor in Consumption Convictions
As in the rest of the country, no Dallas resident under the age of 21 may legally consume alcoholic beverages, except for under very specific circumstances. When under-aged individuals are caught drinking by a law enforcement officer, they will likely be charged with either a minor in possession charge (MIP) or minor in consumption (MIC) charge. A MIC means the minor actually consumed the alcohol, rather than merely being in possession of it.
Legal Consequences of a Conviction for Minor in Consumption Charges
Typically, minor in consumption charges are treated more seriously than minor in possession charges. Accordingly, the consequences of a conviction for an MIC are more substantial and may include:
- Fines up to $2,000
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation
- Jail time
- Community service hours
- Mandatory alcohol awareness classes
Our Dallas legal team understands how these charges will likely be pursued by Dallas prosecutors and what long- and short-term consequences may follow a conviction. With a committed defense, we may be able to reduce the charges leveled against you or your child or, in some cases, get the charges eliminated altogether.
Consult With a Dallas Minor in Consumption Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas legal team understands what challenges you or your child is likely to face when you have been charged with minor in consumption. Because we understand how these charges are generally treated in the legal system, we know how to best defend against them. To discuss the particulars of your circumstances with one of our lawyers, please call our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007 today.