Defending College Students in Georgia
If you are a college student who has been charged with MIP (minor in possession) in Georgia, your goal should be to avoid getting a conviction on your record. When you go to your first job interview and are asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime, you want to be able to answer "No," without hesitation.
My name is Matt Karzen. As a criminal defense attorney in Athens, Georgia, I often defend college students at the University of Georgia (UGA), Gainesville State (Oconee Campus) and Athens Tech who have been charged with alcohol-related offenses such as MIP, DUI and fake I.D. charges. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Minor in Possession Penalties
The maximum penalty for MIP (minor in possession) in Georgia is six months in jail and a $300 fine. However, you are not likely to face jail time unless you have two or three offenses. For this reason, it is always important to keep a first MIP off your record.
If you are a college student, you may also face a parallel administrative disciplinary procedure by the school. At the University of Georgia, for example, you will be accused of violating the student code of conduct. Punishment can range from being placed on behavioral probation to expulsion. As your criminal defense attorney, I will counsel you on any parallel proceedings with your university or college.
Let Me Help You Build a Strong Defense
With a lawyer's help, there is a much better chance for avoiding an MIP conviction if this is your first or second arrest, no matter how weak or strong the state's evidence. If this is your third or subsequent arrest, you are most definitely exposed to jail time. In either situation, there are ways an experienced lawyer can fight to avoid a conviction or jail. MIP cases often involve promising pretrial defenses.
Free Attorney Consultation
If you have been charged with MIP (minor in possession), contact me, lawyer Matt Karzen, for a free consultation. My law office is in downtown Athens, Georgia. Call toll free at 866-487-0881.