Social drinking can be a great way to get out and have fun with your friends, but when you are under the legal drinking age of 21, it is an activity that could put your future at risk. When a person under the age of 21 is in possession of alcohol, they at risk of being charged with minor in possession of alcohol (an M.I.P.). If you are charged with an M.I.P. or engage in underage drinking, here is what you need to know.
Under Florida Statute § 562.111, an M.I.P. is a second-degree misdemeanor. What does this mean? It means that being charged and convicted with an M.I.P. may result in a sentence of up to 6 months in jail or a criminal penalty of up to $500. Additionally, an M.I.P. conviction could lead to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles withholding issuance of, suspending, or revoking your driver license.
How can an M.I.P. affect your life?
Criminal charges and convictions can stay with you for the rest of your life. This may affect your standing with your university, future academic endeavors, or even your job prospects. As a result, if you are charged with a M.I.P., it is very important that you protect your future by obtaining the best possible legal counsel.