Yes. If your teen is facing a Minor in Possession of Alcohol charge (also known as a MIP), Rechtman and Spevak's highly-skilled Atlanta defense attorney, Dantel D. Ruiz, can help protect their rights and future.
The State of Georgia Takes Underage Drinking Seriously
As a result, people under the age of 21 who are caught possessing, purchasing, or attempting to buy alcohol; misrepresenting their age or identity, or using a fake ID to purchase alcohol may be subject to MIP charges. MIP cases for individuals under the age of 17 are often heard in juvenile court.
As a misdemeanor charge, the consequences of a MIP conviction can be significant and may include:
- Fines (up to $300 for the first offense or up to $1,000 for a subsequent conviction)
- Up to 12 months in jail
- Community service or probation
In addition to the potential criminal penalties outlined above, a MIP conviction could also affect your teen's driving privileges, car insurance rates, and educational opportunities. For example, a first offense can result in a six-month license suspension, while a subsequent offense can increase the suspension to up to a full year, and minors whose driving privileges are suspended for MIPs may not be eligible for restricted driving permits that would allow them to drive to work or school. Students convicted of MIPs can face academic disciplinary action and lose eligibility for tuition assistance, scholarships, and sports programs.
Not to worry; things are serious, but we're here to help. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorney will review your teen's case and work to build a strong defense.
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Case With Our Accomplished Defense Attorney
Don't let a MIP charge or conviction limit your teen's opportunities now or in the future. Contact Rechtman & Spevak today to schedule an appointment for a consultation to discuss your case and possible defenses.