Being pulled over and charged with drinking and driving is a scary experience. There are several aspects to a DUI case such as fighting for the right to keep your driver’s license, aggressively defending the criminal charges, and figuring out how to deal with increased insurance rates and stiff fines and penalties. If you are under age and charged with an alcohol related offense, the experience is scarier still.
The following things are important to know if you receive a MIP (minor in possession) charge:
● An MIP charge is a misdemeanor charge.
● You can face jail time for a conviction of MIP.
● Charges can be filed even if you are not drinking, the law makes it a crime for a minor to simply possess alcohol.
● Your parents will be notified if you are underage and caught with alcohol.
If you are charged with MIP the best thing to do is fight the charges. A conviction can have adverse effects on your record, and future opportunities. You may be required to disclose the incident on applications for employment, military service, or to get into college. A criminal defense attorney will help you minimize the impact on your future by explaining the case and presenting options that fit the facts of your case.
If you have been charged with MIP, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs. We fight hard to maintain your right to drive and protect your driving record and future possibilities.