Minor in Possession and Minor in Consumption charges are often referred to as MIP or MIC charges. If your child was charged with possession of alcohol or controlled substances, they have an uphill battle ahead of them. It is crucial that you fight these charges as a conviction can severely impact your child’s future. As a Dallas minor in possession lawyer at Prospere & Russell*, Reed Prospere has extensive experience handling these types of cases. As a board-certified lawyer since 1984, Attorney Reed Prospere is well-versed in how the Texas courts handle these cases. We can use this wealth of knowledge to help you and your child fight their criminal charges.
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If you are under the age of 21, it is illegal for you in most situations to possess, own, or control alcohol. However, many teenagers and young people find themselves in positions where they are caught with alcohol. Consequently, one of the most common types of juvenile alcohol cases in Texas is either a minor in possession or minor in consumption of alcohol. This is usually charged as a misdemeanor, but this does not mean that it can be ignored. Even a misdemeanor conviction can follow you.
The penalties of a conviction for juvenile in possession or consumption of alcohol include:
There are many circumstances in which a minor might find themselves facing these charges. Even being in a vehicle where alcohol is present and readily available to the juvenile passenger can result in charges.
Just as with adults, it is illegal for minors to possess drugs or controlled substances. However, unlike the adult judicial system, the process for minors is more focused on their rehabilitation and less on punishment. However, this does not mean that a conviction for drug possession as a minor is not a serious matter. Just as with adults, sentences can be severe, and a criminal record can negatively affect your child’s future.
Common drug charges faced by minors include:
The penalties of a conviction are similar to those associated with minor in possession of alcohol charges. They can include probation, mandatory enrollment in a drug rehabilitation program, substance abuse education programs, community service, fines, and in more serious cases, jail time. Depending on the age of the defendant, prosecutors may choose to charge them as either a juvenile or an adult if they are 17 or older.
The judicial system can be scary and overwhelming, but it can be particularly frightening for minors. One wrong decision at a party, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, can land you unexpectedly under arrest. When this happens, they need support and guidance, not harsh punishments, and a lifetime of consequences. At Prospere & Russell*, we believe in providing every client with dedicated legal advocacy. As a minor in possession (MIP) attorney in Dallas, Reed Prospere is committed to protecting the best interests of his juvenile clients. When you hire Attorney Reed Prospere, you can be sure you are working with someone who sees your child as more than just a case number.