Minor in Possession laws in Douglas County, Colorado, C.R.S. 18-13-122, also known as MIP, have a more descriptive title, Illegal Possession or Consumption of Ethyl Alcohol or Marijuana by an Underage Person – Illegal possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia by an Underage Person. Colorado views a person under the age of 21 as a minor for the purposes of this statute. It is important to know that there are exceptions to this law and an important rule providing immunity from prosecution under certain circumstances. I will discuss that further below. Castle Rock and Lone Tree police in Douglas County, Colorado have been known to wrongly charged people when they do not apply the law correctly.
MIP Immunity from Prosecution Rule in Adams County
Colorado Legislators try to place the welfare of a minor above overly zealous law enforcement officers and prosecutors. The law has an immunity provision for underage kids who call 911 for another person in need of medical help. This exception applies to the underage person calling for help. But, he must the first person to make the call. He also needs to remain on the scene until assistance arrives and cooperates with medical and or law enforcement personnel . It is possible for uninformed police to still write citations in Adams County court even when the immunity provision applies. If that happens to you, do not argue with a Brighton or Thornton officer, call us instead.
Minor in Possession Exceptions in Arapahoe County
Underage persons in Arapahoe County may consume alcohol on private property under certain circumstances. First, the property owner must give consent. Next, the minor drinking has permission from their parent. Finally, the minor who is drinking has to have their parent or guardian present. It is also legal for an underage person to possess and taste alcohol in educational situations, culinary schools, religious ceremonies, medical needs, and when ingested in certain confectioneries. Problems arise when good people are not careful. They may assume that they are covered by an exception, but they are not. Although the penalties for a MIP conviction are relatively minor, when an underage person is charged with this petty offense often the adults present in Aurora will be charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
The Best Criminal Defense Attorney is Required When Charged with an MIP in Douglas County
If you or someone you care about is facing a Minor in Possession charge in Douglas County, Colorado, it is worth your time and your child's future to get the best legal advice possible. Our attorneys have spent years fighting for the rights of our clients. Further, we are dedicated criminal defense lawyers who work hard for the future of your child.
So, remember to remain silent and call O'Malley and Sawyer at 303-830-0880 to immediately speak with one of our attorneys. Together, we can protect your future.
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