A Minor in Possession, or MIP, is a misdemeanor that can be issued whenever a person under the age of 21 possesses an alcoholic beverage in a public place. In California, a person who is found guilty of this offense may face a fine of $250, or up to 32 hours of community service, for the first offense and a fine of $500, or up to 48 hours of community service, for subsequent offenses. They may also have their driver’s license suspended for up to 1 year. Each subsequent underage conviction can lead to additional one-year suspensions.
If you are charged with an MIP:
1. Speak with an attorney immediately. Remember, you have the right to remain silent during an arrest. If there is a conviction, this will become part of your criminal record.
2. Appear for your court date. Your attorney should advise you on how to proceed.
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