The MIP Statute
You can be charged with an MIP, if you are a minor, who:
- Buys, or attempts to buy alcohol;
- Consumes, or tries to consume alcohol; or
- Has blood alcohol content of .02% or higher (as opposed to the adult standard of .08% for drunk driving).
How To Avoid MIP Charges In The First Place, as a Minor
(these may seem obvious, but breaking any of the below guidelines could land you behind bars):
- Do not buy, attempt to buy, consume or attempt to consume alcohol; it is more trouble than it is worth;
- Repeat No. 1;
- Avoid hanging with the crowd that is going to get you in this kind of trouble;
- Avoid those public places, where police are known to bust underage MIP suspects; in big cities and small towns, we all know where those places are. Supermarket parking lots are often police favorites for MIP “trawling”.