Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) is a violation under Oregon law. Possession includes consumption of alcohol. A conviction of this offense could result in a fine, having to attend a Victims Impact Panel and a suspended license.
If the minor was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, they could be charged with a DUI. A DUI carries more severe consequences. These harsher penalties could include completing drug and alcohol treatment and using an ignition interlock device. There is also the chance of having a criminal conviction on their record indefinitely.
There are exceptions to the offense, so it is a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney if you are facing Minor in Possession charges. Similarly, because prosecutors’ and judges’ attitudes towards the Oregon minor in possession laws vary by community, it is a good idea to consult with a lawyer who is familiar with how these cases are handled in your area. This will give you a better chance of achieving the most favorable outcome under the unique circumstances of your case.
If you’re under the age of 21 and charged with DUI, or if you are a parent of a child who has been arrested or cited for DUI, contact our office right away to discuss your options.