Minor in Possession (MIP) refers to a criminal offense involving an individual less than 21 years of age who is in possession of alcohol. A first-time MIP charge is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine. A minor can be accused if he or she attempts to purchase, touch, hold, transport, or consume alcohol. As a result, many MIP citations occur at house parties where alcohol and teens are abundant.
Commentary by Shawn McDonald from SMB Criminal Defense Lawyers shares that noise complaints to the police about house parties often result in heavy MIP citations of minors without proper proof of which minors were at fault. Officers typically arrest as many as they can (or all involved), and those cases typically get dismissed in court due to failure to prove possession. Unfortunately for those minors involved, the expense to hire a lawyer and other fees are paid out to mitigate the charge.
If your minor was cited for an MIP without proof of possession, we can help you get the charges dropped. Call us at 832-900-7727.