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Category: Minor in Possession (MIP)

Nov 17

2020 Holidays Look Different, But TX Laws on Underage Drinking Don’t

Minor in Possession (MIP) | Sale of Alcohol to a Minor

If you work in a place that sells alcohol, then you better remember to card everyone that purchased from you. Failing to do so could put you in a position where you’ve sold alcohol to a minor – and that’s not a position you want to be in.

While many Texans enjoy alcohol legally and responsibly, being of legal age is crucial. Selling alcohol to minors or giving alcohol to minors means you are violating the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Code, exposing yourself to serious legal consequences.

Even though this holiday season will almost certainly be unusual, there’s always going to be the constant that those under 21 aren’t served or given alcohol. Here’s what you need to know about [...]

Sep 28

Did You Know Texans Can’t Smoke Until Age 21 Now?

Fake IDs | Minor in Possession (MIP) | Tobacco 21

You might be surprised to learn that the legal age for smoking in Texas is now 21. Last summer, with relatively little fanfare, the Texas Tobacco 21 law was passed, which raised the minimum age to purchase or possess tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21.

This means that if a minor under 21 is caught in possession of tobacco or e-cigarettes, or worse yet, attempts to purchase tobacco by misrepresenting their age, serious criminal consequences can result.

To help raise awareness regarding this new law, we’ve put together a guide covering Texas’s new Tobacco 21 law, and the consequences minors could face for violations of the law, or for related offenses such as the use of a fake [...]

Jul 18

Facing Texas MIP Charges? How to Fight Back

Minor in Possession (MIP)

Texas underage drinking laws can sometimes be unfairly applied. A good case-in-point? The various circumstances that can lead to a minor being charged with MIP — Minor in Possession — without ever drinking a drop.

Texas MIP laws say it’s illegal for any person under 21-years-old to possess, buy or consume alcohol; or to intentionally give falsified information to obtain it. (Sections 106.02(a), 106.04(a), 106.05(a), and 106.07(a))

So let’s take a look at a few of the precarious situations in which your minor may wind up charged, what it could mean for their future, and the ways you might be able to fight back.

Different Situations That Can Lead to Texas MIP Charges

A citation for MIP may be issued [...]

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