Strong Defense Against Minor In Possession (MIP) Charges In Colorado
In Colorado, illegal possession or consumption of ethyl alcohol by an underage person, which is sometimes referred to as a minor in possession (or MIP), is considered a petty offense. However, a guilty finding by a court or jury in cases like this can attach a bias and stigma to your son or daughter that can potentially follow him or her for the rest of his or her life!
At Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., we are Colorado MIP defense attorneys, and we have successfully defended these charges in counties like Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Weld, Gilpin, Douglas, and all across the cities in the Front Range and beyond. We are experienced alcohol defense attorneys who know how to speak to prosecutors and judges and get your child that “second chance”. Call us today for a free consultation and to put your mind at ease at 303-578-4036.
The problem with these cases is twofold: Not only is it easy to prove in court by the prosecutor (it doesn’t matter why the minor had alcohol, the district attorney just needs to show that the minor had possession), it is also an alcohol-related crime that goes on a permanent record so future employers, law enforcement, lenders and landlords always assume that the person has had an alcohol problem his or her entire life.
What Exactly Does The Colorado Law On Minor In Possession Say?
Colorado minor in possession law states that any person under 21 years of age who possesses or consumes ethyl alcohol anywhere in the state of Colorado commits illegal possession or consumption of ethyl alcohol by an underage person. The reason this is such a harsh law is that if the minor picks up a ticket for anything else like speeding, DUI, hit-and-run, or a domestic violence or other charges, the district attorney’s office has a record of prior alcohol-related offenses like your kids’ past MIP in Colorado. They will now use that as leverage to argue for harsher sentencing sanctions, possible jail time on the new case, or an excuse not to offer you a good deal on the new charges.
Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., means minor in possession of alcohol defense in Colorado. We have been able to negotiate settlements that allow for kids to have their records sealed from public view, which has handed their bright future and career aspirations back to them. Every case is different, and if your child has had a prior history of alcohol or drug usage then the problem may be something that needs treatment, classes or counseling to get him or her on the right track again. Get with the Denver-based criminal and alcohol defense attorneys who will look you in the eye and tell you what you need to know about your child’s legal interests without sugarcoating it. We handle alcohol charges, and we are there for you anytime you call, day or night. We are the beginning of the solution to your case and will be there when you call us at 303-578-4036.