Minor in Possession

by Tina

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MIP Charges

Minors between the ages of 18-21 who are arrested for an MIP (Minor in Possession) charge in Vancouver, Washington are booked into the Clark County Jail.

Minors under the age of 18 are booked into the Juvenile Detention Center which is located at 500 w 11th St. Vancouver, WA 98660 (only a block from my office)

Juvenile cases are handled differently than adult charges; my office handles the majority of bonds posted for juvenile offenses.

Just as with adults, juveniles may be assigned a public defender.  In many cases you might want to consider hiring private legal counsel.  If you need assistance in that area please ask me.

Below I have supplied some information regarding MIP charges:

A Minor in Possession charge is a Gross Misdemeanor in Washington State . MIP is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

It is important to understand that a minor does not have to be pulled over for a driving infractionl, be legally drunk or many of the other rulkes that apply to adults

(1) It is unlawful for any person to sell, give, or otherwise supply liquor to any person under the age of twenty-one years or permit any person under that age to consume liquor on his or her premises or on any premises under his or her control. For the purposes of this subsection, “premises” includes real property, houses, buildings, and other structures, and motor vehicles and watercraft. A violation of this subsection is a gross misdemeanor punishable as provided for in chapter 9A.20 RCW.

(2)(a) It is unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one years to possess, consume, or otherwise acquire any liquor. A violation of this subsection is a gross misdemeanor punishable as provided for in chapter 9A.20 RCW.

(b) It is unlawful for a person under the age of twenty-one years to be in a public place, or to be in a motor vehicle in a public place, while exhibiting the effects of having consumed liquor. For purposes of this subsection, exhibiting the effects of having consumed liquor means that a person has the odor of liquor on his or her breath and either: (i) Is in possession of or close proximity to a container that has or recently had liquor in it; or (ii) by speech, manner, appearance, behavior, lack of coordination, or otherwise, exhibits that he or she is under the influence of liquor. This subsection (2)(b) does not apply if the person is in the presence of a parent or guardian or has consumed or is consuming liquor under circumstances described in subsection (4) or (5) of this section.

(3) Subsections (1) and (2)(a) of this section do not apply to liquor given or permitted to be given to a person under the age of twenty-one years by a parent or guardian and consumed in the presence of the parent or guardian. This subsection shall not authorize consumption or possession of liquor by a person under the age of twenty-one years on any premises licensed under chapter 66.24 RCW.

(4) This section does not apply to liquor given for medicinal purposes to a person under the age of twenty-one years by a parent, guardian, physician, or dentist.

(5) This section does not apply to liquor given to a person under the age of twenty-one years when such liquor is being used in connection with religious services and the amount consumed is the minimal amount necessary for the religious service.

(6) Conviction or forfeiture of bail for a violation of this section by a person under the age of twenty-one years at the time of such conviction or forfeiture shall not be a disqualification of that person to acquire a license to sell or dispense any liquor after that person has attained the age of twenty-one years.

Call Tina 360.699.3063

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Vancouver , Washington , 98660 USA
360.750.4399
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