What should we do if my son is a college student and received an MIP?

A car he was a passenger in was pulled over for rolling a stop sign. They had been drinking at some point prior to being in the car but there was no alcohol in the car and the officer did not give a breathalyzer to anyone. However the officer did give everyone in the car an MIP. What should my son do on his court date?

Asked on December 1, 2015 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

GA has minor in possession (MIP) laws to prevent anyone under the age of 21 to consume or possess alcoholic beverages.
A conviction for MIP can remain on your son's criminal record for the rest of his life.  Additionally, any drug or alcohol related offense can affect his ability to apply for college, student loans and financial aid and future employment. The charge can also carry severe penalties; for a 1st offense it can include a fine of up to $300, 6 months in jail and a driver’s license suspension for 6 months.
That all having been said, an experienced attorney can possibly get the charge thrown out or at least negotiate for a lesser charge.
At this point, it would be advisable to consult with one directly regarding your son's case. Frankly, he has a lot at stake here.
 


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