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Spring break and underage drinking go hand-in-hand

This time of year throughout the nation kids attending high school and college have a week off. Over spring break it is not uncommon for the young people—many of them underage—to travel to warmer weather destinations to party. Some of these individuals could end up in Virginia Beach.

Because young people who consume alcohol don’t always make the best choices, law enforcement is constantly on the lookout for these individuals. This means that it is possible while there that they will be charged with minor in possession of alcohol.

While on its face the charge may not seem like a big deal, the reality is any criminal conviction could have an impact on one’s future. Someone found guilty of possession or purchasing an alcoholic beverage before turning 21 could face the following:

  • Driver’s license suspension
  • A fine
  • Probation
  • Community service

In addition, later on in life a criminal conviction could impact things such as their ability to get into a college program or land a job. This means that if you, or your minor son or daughter, have been charged with MIP, or any other crime, you should not take the charge lightly. Instead, you should take steps to build a defense against the charge. In many cases working with a criminal defense lawyer is the first step.

Parents can’t be with their young adult children all the time and even “good kids” can make the wrong decision and get caught with alcohol before they are old enough to legally have it. While parents cannot undo the things their children do, they can help them to try to secure the best possible outcome by providing them with access to a criminal defense lawyer. We represent young people in these situations. For more information please see our website.

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