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Minors and Alcohol in Texas

Here in Texas, like anywhere else, there are laws against under age drinking. However, there are also mitigating circumstances. This is somewhat different from other states. While other states do offer lesser penalties under certain circumstances, Texas allows for legal under age drinking in some circumstances.

There are three basic charges that can be brought against under age drinkers. These are Minor in Possession (MIP), Minor in Consumption (MIC), and Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The first of these, MIP, is a charge that states that the minor was in possession, control, or ownership of an alcoholic beverage. For an MIC, it must be proven that the minor actually consumed the alcohol in addition to being in possession of it. If the police can prove consumption and the minor was driving, this is a DUI.

In any of the above cases, zero tolerance laws apply. The state of Texas will not allow any minors to illegally consume or be in possession of alcohol. This, however, does not mean that a minor cannot legally consume alcohol.

If a minor is consuming alcohol within visible presence of their adult parent, guardian or spouse and has that person ‘s consent, there is no illegality. This is the only mitigating circumstance that allows for absolutely no punishment to be rendered. This is because it is not an illegal situation.

Speak with a Dallas DWI Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been charged with MIP, MIC or DUI, contact the Dallas DWI lawyer, Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.


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