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The State of Illinois has strict laws regarding minors who possess or consume alcohol. If you are charged with violating the minor in possession (MIP) laws, you may face criminal charges and the suspension of your driver’s license, even if you were not drinking and driving at the time of the offense.
If you are under the age of twenty-one, it is illegal to possess or consume alcohol. Minors who are found possessing alcohol in a public place or any place that is open to the public can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor offense. The penalties include:
Illinois provides for two important exceptions to their MIP law, covering religious ceremonies and supervised use:
235 Illinois Compiled Statute 5/6-20
In addition to jail time and a fine, the judge can impose any of the following:
235 Illinois Compiled Statute 5/6-20 and 730 Illinois Compiled Statute 5/5-1-14
Huntington Visitors 2017 Beach Guide Orange Coast Official By 2016 If you are under the age of twenty-one, it is illegal to present a fake identification to obtain alcohol. Violating this law will result in being charged with a Class A misdemeanor offense and you will be subject to the following penalties:
235 Illinois Compiled Statute 5/6-16
In Illinois, it is illegal to possess, carry, or transport any alcoholic beverage within the passenger area of a motor vehicle, unless the alcohol is in the original container with an unbroken seal. If you are under the age of twenty-one and violate this law, your driver’s license will be suspended for a period of time. A judge must review the license suspension for individuals under the age of twenty-one.
Official Huntington 2017 2016 Beach Orange Coast By Visitors Guide 625 Illinois Compiled Statute 5/11-502(f)
To learn more about the MIP laws, read Chapter 235 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes. If you are facing MIP charges in Illinois, contact a criminal defense lawyer for advice.