Seattle Minor in Possession (MIP) Lawyer
Often times a Seattle juvenile's first introduction into the criminal system is with the charge of minor in possession or consumption of alcohol. The idea of having a criminal record is scary at any age, but particularly as an adolescent. A MIP conviction can have long-term negative consequences that can effect college admission, employment opportunity, and the ability to drive.
A juvenile (a person under 21 years of age) can be charged with MIP in Seattle whether or not they are actually in possession of alcohol. If a Seattle officer detects the presence of alcohol through a portable breath test or believes the minor to be exhibiting the signs of being under the influence, the result may be a MIP charge.
A MIP in the Seattle area is a Gross Misdemeanor and can carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Additionally, if you are under the age of 18 and are arrested for MIP, DUI, or possession of marijuana in the Seattle or King County area, you'll also be subject to an automatic driver's license suspension - whether you were driving or not.