Grand Prairie MIP lawyer

A minor in possession of alcohol, or MIP, is a Class C misdemeanor. The crime is defined as a minor, a person under the age of 21, illegally possessing, owning, or controlling an alcoholic beverage. The minor is then given a ticket or citation by either a police officer or an officer from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). In order to convict a person for an MIP, the prosecution must be able to prove that the possession, ownership, or control of the alcoholic beverage did lie with the minor, beyond a reasonable doubt.

Any minor is at risk for receiving an MIP whenever he or she attends a party, goes to a nightclub, or rides in a vehicle in which alcohol is present. Minors can be around alcohol belonging to other people but that minor can ‘t touch, hold, attempt to purchase, consume, transport, or have any contact with any alcohol.

It is possible for constructive possession to be construed. Constructive possession exists when an individual does not have actual possession of a beverage but is given ample opportunity to control the beverage. This can happen at a table with a pitcher and a number of glasses across the table. It can also be construed if a person picks up beer cans and cups; uses a beer can as a spittoon; or holds a friend ‘s beer or beverage while the friend puts on a jacket or coat.

MIPs are Class C misdemeanors that have the potential of a fine between $250 and $2,000. Instead of a fine, a person may be made to serve 180 days in jail. Community service can also be part of the punishment. A first time offender must serve between 8 and 12 hours of community service. For subsequent convictions, the offender may serve between 20 and 40 hours. A driver ‘s license might also be suspended. This period of suspension can be from 30 days to 180 days and anywhere in between. This penalty varies with the number of comparable offenses a person has.

If you have been charged with an MIP, contact Grand Prairie MIP lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007. He is there to help with every aspect of an MIP charge, including expunction.

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