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Minors in Possession of Alcohol On Spring Break

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Every year, countless vacationers and tourists alike travel to Okaloosa County for Spring Break. From boating and jet skiing on the ocean to enjoying Florida's vibrant nightlife, there is an endless stream of activities for one to indulge in. However, police officers tend to arrest and charge significantly more people during this time of year due to the influx of visitors. Many times, the individuals they arrest were simply goofing around or acting irresponsibly, not illegally.

At Dewrell & Herdon, our criminal defense lawyers in Okaloosa County will relentlessly fight any and all charges against you. Backed by more than 72 years of combined legal experience, we have a long track record of success and a comprehensive understanding of this area of law. If you are under 21 years old and were charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol (MIP), our legal team can help you today. You can count on us to provide you with the effective legal services you need and deserve.

If you are a minor and were caught with alcohol in your possession, call our Okaloosa County criminal defense lawyers immediately at (850) 629-7163 or contact us online.

About Minor in Possession (MIP) Charges

While you may not think that a conviction for MIP is a big deal, it could negatively affect your entire life. Being convicted of this crime for the first time could result in fines of up to $500 and you could be imprisoned for up to 60 days. A first-offense MIP is considered a second-degree misdemeanor and will appear on your criminal record. A second offense MIP, if convicted, means that you could face fines of up to $1,000 and up to 1 year in prison. Also, if you are under 18 years old and you were caught with alcohol in your possession, the Court may direct the DMV to suspend or revoke your driver's license for anywhere between half a year to one full year. Lastly, you should know you can be charged with this crime even if you are not consuming the alcoholic beverage or even if it is still unopened.

We will request the court to allow you to complete this legal matter without having to return to the state. Our attorneys are generally able to resolve these types of cases without the defendant even being physically present. Our legal team will also strive to expunge the charges and arrest from your criminal record as well as eliminate your mugshot from public records.

A conviction will appear on your criminal record and could negatively impact your ability to:

  • Seek employment
  • Apply for loans
  • Find housing

Call (850) 629-7163 to schedule your free consultation with our criminal defense attorney in Okaloosa County. We will do everything in our power to help you avoid these MIP charges.

Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Rated 2017
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent 2012 Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent - Highest Possible Rating - Dewrell
  • Dewrell 35 Years Martindale Hubbell
  • Ashley Smith Herndon - AV Preeminent for 5 Years