Kerrville Minors in Possession & Consumption of Alcohol
CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING JUVENILES IN THE KERRVILLE AREA
Most alcohol-related offenses involve adults who have been drinking too much, such as driving while intoxicated or public intoxication. However, adults are not the only people who can be charged with crimes related to alcohol. As is commonly known, it is illegal to buy or consume alcohol in the United States if you are under the age of 21, so when a young man or woman is found in possession of alcohol or having consumed alcohol before they've reached the legal drinking age, they could be convicted of a crime.
UNDERSTANDING MINORS IN POSSESSION LAWS
Regarding charges of a minor in possession (MIP), many make the mistake of thinking that the minor has to have purchased the alcohol themselves. This is not the case. Anytime a minor is in close proximity to alcohol, such as a party or club where alcohol is served, they risk being charged with MIP. It is possible to fight such charges with the assistance of a Kerrville criminal defense attorney.
DEFINING MINORS IN CONSUMPTION
It can be more difficult to defend a minor when they receive charges of a minor in consumption (MIC). To be charged with this crime, an underage person only needs to consume alcohol within sight of an adult parent, guardian, or spouse. An officer doesn't even need to request a blood or breath test in such cases. Witnesses and the smell of alcohol on the minor's breath or person are enough evidence for a legal arrest. However, if your child is innocent, a lawyer could help you build strong defense on their behalf. Get legal help right away if your child has been charged with MIP or MIC.
For a free, confidential consultation contact the Law Offices of Daniel & Hudson at (210) 222-2297. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.