Olympia / Thurston County Minor In Possession (MIP) Lawyer
Most times a Thurston County 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. An Olympia 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 whether or not they are actually in possession of alcohol. If a Seattle officer detects as much as the presence of alcohol in their body or believes the minor to be exhibiting the signs of being under the influence then the result may be a Thurston County MIP charge.
A MIP in the Olympia 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 Olympia, Thurston County area, you'll also be subject to automatic driver's license suspension - whether you were driving or not.
Horwath Law uses the vast experience we have with the Olympia, Thurston County, WA criminal justice system and MIP defense to avoid long-term consequences.
If you or a son or daughter faces criminal charges for teenage drinking, teenage driving or drug crimes, call Angela Horwath at 253-620-0033.