Tarrant County MIP and MIC Lawyers
Minor in Possession of Alcohol and Minor in Consumption of Alcohol
If you have been charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol (M.I.P.), it means that you have received a citation for possessing or maintaining control of an alcoholic beverage before your 21st birthday. There are many factual and legal issues that an MIP attorney must consider in defending your MIP. You may be charged with MIP and you were not actually holding the beverage when the police arrive. You may not have had anything to drink before receiving your MIP ticket. The government tries to make an MIP case in some situations relying on “constructively possessing” the alcohol (i.e. Riding in a car with alcohol, sitting at a table with alcohol). Alabama law takes underage drinking and so should you. A police issued citation for Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) can have lasting consequences. You need a lawyer defending MIP, MIC, and DUI cases in Birmingham. You can call, email, or visit Cofer & Assoc. at their Birmingham office to discuss your MIC or MIP charge.Contact MIP Attorney
Minor in Possession of Alcohol Attorney
If you have been charged with Minor in Consumption of Alcohol (M.I.C.), it means that you have been accused of consuming an alcoholic beverage before your 21st birthday. You may be charged with MIC even when you are not actually drinking the beverage when the police arrive. Police may say they smell the odor of alcohol or sees signs of intoxication. In some cases, officers may use a portable breath tester (PBT) when investigating an MIC. Underage drinking ticket consequences can have a lasting impact. Call a MIC attorney to try to keep Minor in Consumption of Alcohol (MIC) charges off of your permanent record.
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Consequences of MIP or MIC Charges
These underage drinking charges are Class C misdemeanors, carrying a possible fine of up to $500 for first offenses. However, multiple offenses can lead to a fine of $250 to $2000 and/or up to 6 months in jail. In many instances, individuals receiving these citations will be ordered to do community service (up to 40 hours) and take an alcohol awareness class. In addition, it is possible to have your driver’s license suspended for up to 180 days.
What to do if you have received an MIP or MIC
It is extremely beneficial to hire an MIP attorney who knows the law and courts and can negotiate on your behalf to prevent this offense from marking your permanent record. Just paying the fine or pleading guilty to MIP or MIC may permanently scar your record for the rest of your life. If you are over 17 years of age, you can hire an attorney without involving your parents. Cofer & Associates offers legal defense for M.I.P. and M.I.C. at affordable rates and takes credit card, cash, or check.
- A minor (under 21 years of age) may be charged with MIP if he or she possesses or “constructively possesses” an alcoholic beverage.
- A minor (under 21 years of age) may be charged with MIC if he or she consumes or is perceived to have consumed alcohol.
- These Class “C” misdemeanors can result in large fines, jail time, community service, alcohol education classes, and suspension of driver’s license.
Contact Matt Davidson, an experienced MIP and MIC lawyer, and he can help prepare a defense for your case.Contact Attorney
Matt Davidson works in most courts throughout the DFW Metroplex, including the following courts:
- Birmingham Municipal Court
- North Richland Hills (NRH) Municipal Court
- Arlington Municipal Court
- Parker County Justice of the Peace
- Euless Municipal Court
Cofer & Associates
111 N. Houston Street
Phone: (817) 756-9500