I recently got a minor in possession charge in Georgia for being in the presence of alcohol in a social gathering, even though the officer did not see any of my friends and I holding or drinking the alcohol and he did not breathalyze us. The owners of the alcohol ended up running from the situation, so my friends and I got the citations. I'm not sure what this entails as far as potential possibilities, like probation or anything of that matter. The officer also pulled his gun out when my friends and I left the bathroom, and he gave his gun to the security officer (who didn't have a gun on her) to "use if she needed to." One of my friends consulted their attorney and he said to not even mention that because the court would not believe us, which I believe is unfair. This is my first and only offense involving alcohol. I'm just not sure how to go about this situation and what to expect.
Innocent or not, you'll need to hire a lawyer to defend you. There are ways to ensure that this doesn't become a conviction on your record.
I handled a similar situation in an adjacent county very recently. There are several concerns for people with an MIP charge - especially how it affects your record with regard to college and/or job opportunities. Depending on your prior criminal history in all other areas, there may be some options that your lawyer can work with you (and work with the courts) on to minimize the impact it will have on you presently and in the future - but you need to have a conversation with a criminal defense lawyer very soon. Don't wait until just before your court date to get an attorney - it just makes things more difficult for you.
You need to contact counsel before doing anything with this case. There are alterative resolutions to your charge that might be able to assist keeping this off of your record moving forward. A MIP charge doesn't sound terrible, but it could have some impact of your future plans.
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