Minor in Possession

Minor in Possession Lawyer Michael Erpino
Minor in Possession Lawyer Michael Erpino

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Minor in Possession (MIP)

California Business and Professions (BP) Code section 25662 states that “any person under the age of 21 years who has any alcoholic beverage in his or her possession on any street or highway or in any public place or in any place open to the public is guilty of a misdemeanor.” California Vehicle Code Section 13202.5 states that when a person is convicted of violating BP 25662, “the court shall suspend the person’s driving privilege for one year.”

You Lose Your License to Drive

If you plead guilty or “no contest,” or you’re convicted after trial, the Court clerk will send notice to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV will then suspend your privilege to drive for one year and make it very difficult to get it back. It won’t matter to the DMV if you have to drive to school, work, or both. Your only hope may be to petition the Court for a restricted license.

Fight Your MIP Ticket

Call today (530) 898-1111 to speak with an experienced Minor in Possession Lawyer if you receive a ticket for MIP. We may be able to fight your case. For example if you did not possess alcohol, or if you were not in a “public place.” You might be not guilty of the MIP charge despite what the officer says. Never plead guilty or no contest without first seeing the police report and any other evidence the Government has against you.

Protect Your DMV Record

In addition to one-year license suspension, the MIP suspension on your DMV record may affect you in the future. For example, if you are charged with another alcohol offense or with any other offense that affects your driver’s license. Additionally, your insurance costs may also go up. Lastly, you could be denied certain jobs or licenses. Understanding the full consequences of a conviction for MIP includes what happens to your driving record with DMV.

Court Trials Versus Jury Trials

You have the right to a Trial if you don’t want to plead “Guilty” or “No Contest.” If your case is an infraction you have the right to a Court Trial where a Judge hears the evidence and decides if you’re guilty. If your cases is a misdemeanor you have the right to a Jury Trial where twelve people from the community hear the evidence. In any trial you have the right to see, hear, and challenge all of the evidence the State has against you. In addition, you have the right to remain silent or testify on your own behalf. You can also present your own witnesses and evidence. Call us today to discuss your case with an experienced Minor in Possession Lawyer

Minor in Possession Lawyer

There are too many bad consequences from an MIP conviction to make mistakes in Court. If you face MIP charges call today for an free consultation with experienced Minor in Possession Lawyer Michael Erpino. You should fully understand your Rights, the evidence against you, and your options. I handle all court appearances and fight to protect your Rights. In most cases you will never have to go to court. If it turns out that fighting your case is not an option, I’ll help you get a Restricted License to Drive. Call me today (530) 898-1111.

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