MIP, Minor in Possession and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Lawyers
In today’s social savvy high schools, kids are exposed to all sorts of ways they can get out of trouble if they are charged with Illegal possession or consumption of ethyl alcohol or marijuana by an underage person C.R.S. 18-6-701, also called Minor in Possession, or MIP, in Arapahoe County. This isn’t new. I believe it is natural for kids to lie when they are in a tight spot. But two big differences between today and 30 years ago are making it easier for kids to have a readymade excuse.
Children Lie and Lying Kids are Dangerous in Douglas County
The first difference is that kids today are exposed to information which was once thought of as stuff only adults talked about. They read and hear stories about grownups doing bad things and they know how to sound believable. The second reason is that we have shifted our thinking into a, believe the children mentality. During jury selection, one of the most important jobs I have is to weed out potential jurors who honestly believe that children don’t lie. If I cannot keep that sort of mentality out of the juror box it becomes more difficult to defend an adult from a child’s allegation. Whatever the child says, no matter how unbelievable it is, some people will always believe the child! When the child is a teenager with something to gain from lying about a crime, they become very dangerous. Today, there is an epidemic of kids lying and government workers who love it.
Minor in Possession is a Petty Offense in Jefferson County
An MIP is considered a petty offense from Montrose to Kit Carson County and throughout Colorado, but when a high school kid is facing trouble she may feel like her world is coming to an end. You can find many cases of teachers and adults who have supplied kids with alcohol throughout the internet. I did a quick search before writing this blog and found five such cases in less than a minute. These stories may become fuel for kids looking for a way out: just accuse an adult and shift the focus onto them.
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is a Class 4 Felony in Adams County
So what happens if a desperate teen is looking for a way to divert attention away from her petty offense and blames you for giving her the beer she was holding? Unfortunately, her false allegations will be believed by prosecutors and you will be charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, C.R.S. 18-6-701, a very serious class 4 felony.
Fear the Children! They will Falsely Accuse You and Anyone Else
If you are accused by a child of any crime, you should take the accusation very seriously. Going up against a child in court alone is a stacked deck against you. So, if facing Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charges in Douglas or Arapahoe County or anywhere in Colorado, call the experts who know how to handle child false accusers. The attorneys at O’Malley Law Office will provide you with a free consultation and help you through the legal process. And lastly, if you are accused, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.
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