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MINOR IN POSSESSION - MIP

Click here if you have a Missouri or Kansas MIP charge

A minor in possession of alcohol (MIP) charge can generally be given to any individual under the age of 21 who is found guilty of any of the following:

  • Possessing Alcohol
  • Consuming Alcohol
  • Buying Alcohol
  • Attempting To Buy Alcohol

This type of criminal charge can have a profound effect on the life of a minor. Loss of driving privileges, large fines, mandatory community service, increased insurance rates are among the many consequences of this charge.


No minor is prepared to handle the consequences of an MIP

Minor In Possession - MIP Penalties

A person must be 21 years of age to purchase, possess or consume cereal malt beverages or alcoholic liquor. A minor in possession charge can carry fines of $200 to $500 or more and suspension of your driving privileges.

Examples of frequently imposed minor in possession penalties are:

  • 1st Offense - Your driving privileges will be suspended for 30 days. If you do not have a driver's license, you may not apply for 30 days.
  • 2nd Offense - Your driving privileges will be suspended for 90 days.
  • 3rd and Subsequent Offenses - Your driving privileges will be suspended for one year.

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Expansion of the Definition of Minor in Possession (MIP)

Under the old laws in many states, the definition of MIP applied only to the purchase, attempt to purchase or actual possession of an intoxicating liquor by a minor.

Under the new laws, the definition of "minor in possession" (MIP) has been expanded to include a minor who has "a detectable blood alcohol content of .02 percent" or more who is "visibly intoxicated."

Current minor in possession laws in most jurisdictions state that a minor may be arrested for, charged with and convicted of MIP even if he or she is not in actual possession of any alcohol at the time of the arrest. The newer MIP law's definition of "possession" has been expanded to include either (1) having a very small amount of alcohol (1/4 the legal limit for adults to drive) in one's system or (2) merely appearing intoxicated.

The provision of the newer MIP laws that expands the definition of "possession" to include having alcohol in one's system makes "possession by consumption" a crime. The new law is often referred to as the new MIP "Possession by Consumption" law.

Minimizing the Long-Term Impact of Underage Drinking Charges

It's a fact of life - many high school and college students consume alcohol or use drugs at some point in their life. It has nothing to do with being a "bad kid" or a "good kid." It has more to do with a kid simply making a bad decision.

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