MIP University District

If you are under the age of 21 and found guilty in possession of alcohol you stand to face a Minor in Possession charge, also known as an MIP.

MIPs are incredibly common in the University District in Seattle. Numerous parties that held near campus every weekend are a target for police looking to pass out MIP tickets to anyone under the age of 21. In order to be charged with an MIP a minor only has to have alcohol or drugs anywhere around them. This means that you do not even have to be carrying alcohol but merely be in the presence of it to get an MIP ticket. That is why attending a party in the University District where there is alcohol present can still lead to an MIP charge, even if you are not consuming or carrying alcohol on you. In Washington State the Court of Appeals has determined that not only do you not have to have alcohol directly on your persons but you can not have alcohol anywhere near you and merely be under the influence of alcohol in order to be considered guilty of possession. This means that merely being drunk in the University District could lead to an MIP charge.

While drinking before you are 21 years of age is incredibly common, especially in the University District where a large percentage of the student population is under 21, getting an MIP can have serious consequences. In Washington State your first MIP conviction can mean a revocation of your driver’s license for at least one year or until you are the age of 17. Your second MIP conviction you can mean a revocation of your driver’s license for at least two or until you are the age of 18. Your third MIP conviction you can mean a revocation of your driver’s license until you are the age of 21.

You should be informed of MIP laws before making decisions to attend and sort of party where alcohol is going to be present or before deciding to be openly drunk in public. Though an MIP charge is only a misdemeanor it still can carry with it various consequences including a suspension of your license, fines, drug or alcohol education and community service.

University MIP DUI Information

University MIP DUI Information