A First MIP is Just a Civil Infraction with Certain Penalties. A Second MIP is a Misdemeanor and You Already Did It Once Before
If you have been charged with being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol or MIP and you think it's “no big deal”; don't believe it. Even though a first time charge is now a civil infraction, you should take a Minor in Possession charge seriously. Prosecutors and Judges take Minor in Possession or MIP charges very seriously and being convicted of a 2nd MIP can mean having a misdemeanor on your record, having the charge reported to the Secretary of State, and being required to pay expensive fines and court costs. It also could mean, if you are convicted of Minor in Possession or MIP 2nd, having to say on a job application or application for college that you have a criminal record.
Schmierlaw has experience defending under 21 year olds who have been charged with MIP. We will work aggressively to keep a conviction off your record. Call for an initial, no-cost consultation.
Our office will examine the arrest and determine whether there was probable cause to request a PBT and make sure your Constitutional rights are protected. And under the law, first time offenders may be eligible for a diversion program. But you must consult an Attorney who knows the law and can advise you on your best options. In addition, our Office will suggest things you can do to help your case and give the prosecutor reasons to not prosecute to the furthest extent of the law.
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