A minor in possession charge, also known as an MIP, is a criminal misdemeanor under South Carolina law. MIP charges are frequently given as a result of a minor attempting to buy, possess or consume alcohol. In addition, this charge is sometimes accompanied by a fake ID charge. If you’ve been charged with an MIP in Columbia or anywhere in SC, our award-winning MIP attorneys are here to walk you through the legal process and help you get your future back on track.
Potential Consequences of an MIP Charge in South Carolina
MIP charges in South Carolina can result in:
- Suspension of driver’s license. Including out-of-state licenses, for 6 months – 1 year.
- Hundreds of dollars in fines. In addition, a second offense MIP charge will cost more than a first offense.
- University sanctions. These can include disciplinary hearings, suspensions, or dismissals.
- A criminal record. Although a misdemeanor, an MIP in SC will remain on your record unless you get the charge expunged by a criminal defense attorney.
- Jail time. You can face up to 30 days in jail for an MIP charge in South Carolina.
The consequences of a minor in possession charge can create a hassle and more importantly, harm your future. For instance, a criminal record can affect your ability to get into college or land a job. Attending classes, internships, and job interviews are stressful enough without having to worry about how you’re going to get there. That’s why we recommend hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you for your MIP charge. You can rest assured knowing that our attorneys have years of experience representing people who have been in the same spot as you are right now.
How Can Cavanaugh & Thickens Help Me?
One mistake shouldn’t define your future. Our award-winning criminal defense attorneys understand that. We will walk you through your options, explain the legal process, and discuss likely outcomes with you for free.
Call us today at (803) 888-2200 or schedule your free consultation online to see how our team can help you get back on track and get you the outcome you need to preserve your future.
How Much Does an MIP Attorney Cost?
The price of hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent your MIP charge varies depending on the specifics of your case and the charges against you. However, we offer a completely free consultation where the attorney who would represent your case will answer any questions you may have about pricing and the general process.
All you have to do is call our office today at (803) 888-2200 or schedule your free consultation online to get started. We will get through this together.
Disclaimer: The opinions and ideas in this article are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice. Each case is different and must be evaluated based on its own particular facts and merits.