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Minor in Possession of Alcohol - Utah Driver License Suspension

Driver License Suspension for Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)

Q: How long will my license be suspended in Utah if I am convicted of being a minor in possession of alcohol?

Utah Criminal Attorney Salt Lake City - Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)A: When a person is convicted in Utah of being a minor in possession of alcohol (MIP) under Utah Code 32B-4-409, the court can issue an order suspending the person's driver license under Utah Code 53-3-219. The length of the suspension can depend on whether the conviction is for a first or second (or subsequent) offense.

On a first MIP offense, the default suspension period one year. Utah law allows the court to order a shorter suspension period if the person completes an approved educational series. On a second offense, the suspension period is two years, and cannot be shortened by the court. Other penalties can include jail time and fines of up to $1900 (including surcharge).

A plea in abeyance may be used to avoid the driver license suspension by avoiding a conviction in the case. Keep in mind, however, that a plea in abeyance is a negotiated resolution that must be agreed upon by both the prosecutor and the judge. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you determine the best strategy for defending your case.

Finding a Utah Criminal Lawyer in Salt Lake City

Utah Criminal Defense LawyerIf you are facing charges of possession, consumption, or purchase of alcohol by a minor in Utah, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Although an alcohol possession charge is relatively minor, the consequences can be severe and long-lasting.

While each case is different, it is always best to have an experienced criminal attorney on your side. Mr. Howard has successfully defended clients facing minor in possession (MIP) charges in Utah, and many much more serious misdemeanor and felony crimes.

Based in Salt Lake City, we represent clients throughout Utah. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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