Have you been charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol in Virginia?

Virginia is tough on individuals who have been convicted of minor in possession (MIP) charges.  Being convicted for minor in possession can have a serious impact on your life, so it is import and to consult with a Virginia criminal lawyer who has experience successfully representing clients who have been charged with minor in possession.  Virginia criminal lawyer David Long has successfully represented Virginia clients who have been charged with MIP, so contact our law firm today for a FREE MIP consultation to ensure your rights are protected.

Young adults (ages 18–20) who purchase, possess or drink alcohol, upon conviction, may lose their privilege to drive for not less than six months (and up to one year maximum). They face a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or must perform a mandatory minimum of 50 hours of community service. (§4.1-305.) Using a fake ID to buy alcohol means that in addition to the penalties listed above for possession of alcohol, anyone convicted will lose their privilege to drive for not less than 30 days (and up to one year maximum). (§ 4.1-305.B) Fraudulent use of a driver’s license, ID card or other identification materials:

  • It is illegal to use another’s ID as one’s own.
  • It is illegal to possess or sell an ID for the purpose of establishing false identification.
  • It is illegal to make or alter an ID.
  • Persons who possess, use or distribute false forms of ID are charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. (Code of Virginia § 18.2-204.1, 204.2)

A motor vehicle operator, age 20 or younger, with a blood or breath alcohol level between .02 and .07 could lose his or her privilege to drive for up to one year and incur fines starting at a mandatory minimum of $500 or be required to perform 50 hours community service. (Code of Virginia § 18.2-266.1)

If you have been charged with Richmond Minor in PossessionHenrico County Minor in PossessionChesterfield County Minor in Possession, contact our experienced Virginia criminal lawyers for a free legal consultation.