In Washington State there are two major types of Underage Drinking Crimes: (1) Minor Driving Under the Influence (“MDUI“), and (2) Minor in Possession (“MIP“).
A Minor Driving Under the Influence conviction is a very serious criminal offense in Washington State. A Minor Driving Under the Influence charge is filed in Washington State when a person under the age of twenty-one is caught driving a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content between .02 – .07 within two hours of driving. A conviction for Minor Driving Under the Influence in Washington State is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000; there is also the possibility of a driver’s license suspension of up to 365 days for a Minor Driving Under the Influence conviction. A Minor Driving Under the Influence conviction in Washington State will have strong negative consequences on one’s ability to go to school and to find employment opportunities.
Similarly to Minor Driving Under the Influence conviction, a Minor in Possession conviction in Washington State is a very serious criminal offense. A Minor in Possession charge is filed in Washington State when a person under the age of twenty-one is caught by law enforcement consuming alcohol. A conviction for Minor in Possession in Washington State is punishable by up to 365 days in jail and a fine of $5,000. If a person is in school, or plans on attending school, a Minor in Possession conviction may be grounds for expulsion from school, or the barring of admission into school. Furthermore, a Minor in Possession conviction may negatively impact one’s ability to receive financial aid from the Federal government.
The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys, located in Western Washington, are highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced. They are dedicated to providing aggressive representation for those charged in Western Washington with Underage Drinking Crimes. The team creates success by working with its clients to create a strategy to overcome the allegations brought against him/ her. The team also works with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the allegations are considered in creating the most equitable and fair resolution possible.
If you or a loved one is charged with Minor Driving Under the Influence and/or Minor in Possession in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Kitsap County, Thurston County or one of the following cities or towns: Algona, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, fife, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, New Castle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Olympia, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Sea Tac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, and/or Woodinville, or any other city or town in Western Washington, call The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900.