Charged with MIP?
In the United States, it is illegal for an individual under the age of 21 to be found in possession of alcohol. A minor under any other circumstance is a person under the age of 18, but because the legal drinking age is 21, those under this age in possession of alcohol are considered minors. Punishments for this crime range from state to state, but are considered a misdemeanor rather than a felony crime. This law is based on the National Minimum Drinking Age Act that was passed in 1984. This act did not make it illegal for a person under the age of 21 to consume alcohol, although some states made even private consumption.
In Georgia, according to law OCGA 3-3-23, it is illegal for an individual under the age of 21 to possess alcohol. This law is a bit loosely defined, which may make it illegal under some circumstances for a minor to possess alcohol for private consumption as well, rather than in public places alone. Whether the individual was actually in possession of the alcohol or if they were found to have alcohol in their system, they may be charged with this misdemeanor. If you or your child under the age of 21 was charged with minor in possession of alcohol then you need the defense of criminal attorney Andre Sailers.
Hiring an Atlanta Criminal Lawyer
If you or a loved one is facing these charges, you need to start considering obtaining legal help from a skilled defense attorney. Even though this crime is only a misdemeanor, if convicted the consequences can be serious and leave a permanent mark on your record. For the strong and effective defense that you need, contact Sailers & Associates for a defense that can get your charges dropped.