Minor in Possession – ASU Student Lawyer
Alcohol is present on or near nearly every college campus in the U.S., and Arizona State University is no exception. Knowing this, police throughout Arizona are extremely aggressive when it comes to enforcing the state’s Minor in Possession (MIP) laws. Hundreds of underage students are arrested and charged with misdemeanors each year, which can have a long-lasting impact on their futures.
More Than a Decade of Experience Defending Students in Arizona
If you are a student at an Arizona university facing MIP charges, or if your son or daughter finds him or herself dealing with the criminal justice system, be sure to seek experienced defense help as soon as possible. At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys have been helping clients in your situation for more than 10 years. We routinely secure positive outcomes and aggressively negotiate with prosecutors to have charges reduced or dismissed.
Please schedule a free initial consultation to have all of your initial questions answered. We will provide honest advice and inform you of what you can expect moving forward. Our office can be reached online or by calling 602-842-0359.
Minor in Possession Laws
Individuals under the age of 21 are prohibited from consuming alcohol in Arizona except in very specific circumstances, such as for medical or religious reasons. They are also prohibited from entering a bar unless they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or a spouse who is over the age of 21. Our firm is not ignorant to the fact that college students under the age of 21 might consume alcohol, but we firmly believe that a minor lapse in judgment should not follow them for the rest of their lives. This is why we fight hard to prevent penalties such as:
- Loss of driving privileges
- Jail sentences
- Hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines
- Having an arrest and conviction appear on clients’ records
We Offer Creative Solutions
With the help of an attorney, you or your child might be permitted to participate in Arizona’s diversion program. The benefit of this program is that upon successful completion, a MIP charge will be dismissed from your criminal record. This means that you can legally answer “no” if you are asked if you have been arrested or charged with a misdemeanor, which can be a big advantage as you look to secure employment down the road.
The diversion program typically involves attending and completing alcohol education courses. It may also require you to pay a minor fine or perform a set number of community service hours.
Contact a Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, Minor in Possession Lawyer
Our firm is ready to stand by your side and protect your rights and your future. Please schedule a free consultation today by calling 602-842-0359 to discuss your defense needs. You may also contact our defense firm online and we will reach out shortly.