Minor in Possession Attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Minor in Possession Charges
Like all states, Alabama has minor in possession (MIP) laws designed to deter minors from drinking and engaging in alcohol-related activities.
Here are Alabama’s main MIP laws and penalties:
Alabama law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from consuming, possessing, purchasing, or transporting any type of alcohol. It is also illegal to use or attempt to use a fake driver’s license to obtain or attempt to obtain any kind of alcohol. Violators will be issued a fine ranging from $50 to $500 and face up to 3 months in jail. In addition, the Department of Public Safety will suspend the person’s driver’s license for 3 to 6 months and charge a reinstatement fee of $275.
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Most first-time offenders receive probation and are ordered to perform community service. Minors convicted of these charges can request “youthful offender status.” If the court grants the request, the conviction will not appear on the minor’s criminal record.
We have had good success in working with the prosecutors of the Tuscaloosa Municipal Court to help avoid convictions for college students. We also provide expunction services to expunge these matters.