Minor in Possession

Minor In Possession Defense Attorneys

Along with the enormous fines, probation requirements, and up to one year in jail, if you are under the age of 18 and are arrested for DUI or possession of marijuana or other illegal drugs in the state of Washington, you'll also be subject to automatic driver's license suspension - whether you were driving or not. This suspension can last one to five years

Newton & Hall, Attorneys at Law, PLLC offer the skill and commitment to obtain favorable results for clients facing minor in possession (MIP) charges, as well as other alcohol and drug crimes. Based in the Seattle-Tacoma area, we use our extensive experience with the criminal justice system throughout Washington State to protect our clients' rights and preserve their promising futures

If you or a son, daughter, or anyone else you care about faces charges for teenage drinking, teenage driving or drug crimes, call us today (253) 867-2675 as soon as possible


Minor in Possession/Consumption of Alcohol and/or Drugs

Most juveniles and parents are not aware of Washington State's underage drinking laws and how they apply. In general, any minor can be arrested for MIP whether they are in actual possession of alcohol or drugs, or not. Anything from the presence of alcohol or a controlled substance in their body, to exhibiting the signs of being under the influence or even being a situation where alcohol is present can result in MIP charges. MIP (between the ages of 13 and 20) is a gross misdemeanor punishable by:

  • A $5,000 fine
  • Up to a year in jail
  • Loss of driver's license for a year or until age 17 (whichever is longer) on a first offense, and for two years or until age 18 on a second offense (whichever is longer)
  • Automatic suspension of driving privileges for signing even a diversion agreement

A violation of underage drinking laws, a youthful indiscretion such as drug possession or distribution or any arrest of a minor can also impact admission to colleges, qualifying for financial aid, or finding a job or place to live. Multiple offenses, or more serious charges can result in felony charges and even worse consequences such as lengthy prison terms.

We help prevent bad choices from ruining young lives.

If you or a teenager you love makes a mistake or ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, don't make matters worse! Obtain the services of an experienced minor in possession attorney and protect your future. Call (253) 867-6725 as soon as possible. Our criminal defense attorneys represent adults and juveniles throughout the state.