Minor in Possession of Alcohol

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Minor in Possession of Alcohol


Law enforcement treats underage possession of alcohol as a serious violation. Georgia has a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking. If you are under the age of 21 and have been charged with MIP (Minor in Possession of Alcohol) the penalties you face if you are convicted can be severe, even if this is your first offense. A Fulton County DUI attorney at the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson has many years of experience in assisting juveniles, young adults and adults to protect their rights and fight to keep their criminal record clean.


The penalties on conviction of a first offense MIP can include Jail time, probation, and a 180 day suspension of driving privileges, fines and community service. In addition to having a mark on your criminal record, there may also be additional consequences such as loss of scholarships, suspension or expulsion from school and increased cost of auto insurance. Your license can be suspended even though you were not driving at the time of your arrest. If this is a second MIP offense the suspension could be as long as one year. A minor in possession charge will be addressed differently than a DUI under 21 case. Contacting a DUI lawyer at our firm immediately leaves more possible avenues of defense open which could make a significant difference to the outcome of your case.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that an arrest for underage drinking will be handled by pleading guilty and paying a small fine. In reality the consequences can much more serious if you don't have the benefit of an experienced DUI lawyer. Our legal team has been dealing exclusively with DUI defense for over 20 years. As Richard S. Lawson is a former DUI prosecutor, he knows that taking immediate action after an arrest can be crucial to obtaining the best possible result. Call our office for a consultation.

Contact a Fulton County DUI attorney at our firm if you or a loved one is facing a Minor in Possession charge.

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