California's minor in possession "MIP" law (Business and Professions Code 25662 BP / Vehicle Code 13202.5 VC) prohibits minors...that is, persons under 21...from possessing alcoholic beverages in any public place.
Before a prosecutor can prove that you violated California's MIP law, they must prove the following facts:
- at the time of the offense, you were under 21,
- you possessed an alcoholic beverage, and
- the possession occurred in any public place, in a place open to the public or on any street or highway.
If you are found guilty of possessing alcohol under the age of 21 you can be fined, ordered to complete community service and have your drivers license suspended for one year.
If you or a loved one are charged with a minor in possession, please contact out office at (619)258-8888 for a free and confidential consultation with an experienced attorney.