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Minors in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)

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The Missouri Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) law was revised and made effective August 28, 2005. The revised law expands the previous statute by defining "possession" to include "consumption" of alcohol and being "visibly intoxicated". The prosecution no longer needs to demonstrate that an alcoholic beverage existed or that the minor had physical possession the alcoholic beverage. If the prosecution can demonstrate the minor has consumed alcohol, the minor can be convicted of MIP.

Under this new law, it becomes easier to convict someone that is underage for minor in possession. When your child has been accused of this crime, it is important that you are able to provide them with the defense they need. A conviction can stain their record for the rest of their life! Contact the St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC for a free consultation!

Penalties for MIP Charges in Missouri

Someone can be arrested and charged with MIP if they appear to be intoxicated or if they have any amount of alcohol in their system, even if it is not even close to the legal limit. In the battle against underage drinking, there are likely to be many underage individuals unfairly charged for a crime they are innocent of. With harsh punishments that can result, it is imperative that you take action to protect yourself or your child.

Minors, defined as people between 16 and 20 years old, who plead guilty to or are convicted of MIP face the following punishments:

  • 1st Offense - Driver's License suspended for 30 days.
  • 2nd Offense - Driver's License suspended for 90 days.
  • 3rd or Subsequent Offense - Driver's License revoked for one year.

A conviction of any criminal charge can have serious consequences, both now and in the future. Many courts are becoming stricter and sentencing significant jail time and fines, especially for repeat offenders. Future consequences include the ability to gain employment as many employers conduct a criminal records check as a part of the hiring process. Many employers, including the military, the government, most banks and medium/large businesses, will not hire someone who has a criminal record.

Choose an Experienced Defense Firm in St. Louis

An experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to advise you how the current law applies to your specific situation and help secure the best possible outcome. The St. Louis criminal defense attorneys of Millikan Wright, LLC are former police officers and prosecuting attorneys and have represented people charged with a wide range of criminal offenses, including minors in possession of alcohol. Their unique experience allows them to offer their clients a solid defense strategy.

Contact us online or call 314.272.3368 to learn how our St. Louis defense attorneys can help you fight charges for minor in possession of alcohol (MIP). We offer a free initial consultation,so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch with Millikan Wright, LLC today!

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