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Minor in Possession of Alcohol (C.R.S. 18-13-122) and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (C.R.S. 18-6-701) in Denver Metro

| Sep 27, 2017 | Minor in Possession of Alcohol |

Minor in Possession of Alcohol and Weed Tourists in Arapahoe County – What are the Risks

Did you know that Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) is also charged when a minor is in possession of marijuana? A popular reason for some people to visit Colorado is to use legalized marijuana; the trouble for some is that they are under 21. What they don’t think about is that the risk of getting caught and the legal consequences may actually be higher in Arapahoe or Adams County than in the visitor’s home state. If a person under the age of 21 tries to obtain marijuana from a retailer, he or she will need to violate other laws to get it, and that usually involves using an adult. C.R.S 18-18-406 makes it drug felony for an adult to transfer marijuana to a minor. In addition, the adult can also be also be charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Encouraging a Child to Violate any Law in Douglas County is Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Inducing, aiding, or encouraging a child to violate any law in Douglas County or under any municipal ordinance in Lone Tree or Castle Rock can result in being charged with a class 4 felony. Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is not adjusted for how grievous the underlying offense is. In other words, if an adult encourages a minor to commit armed robbery or if  she provides transportation so a child can trespass on private land, if caught the adult will can be charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, while the minor will at most be charged with an MIP.

What Are the Consequences for an MIP and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Denver?

The consequences for an MIP conviction are relatively light and they are dependent on the number of previous convictions. Upon a first offense the juvenile can expect to pay less than $100.00 and the will be ordered by the court to complete substance abuse education. A good attorney can also make sure that the juvenile’s record is later expunged. The consequences for an adult convicted of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor will not be so good. A class 4 felony can be punished by up to 6 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $500,000.00 in Denver. So if you are in need of legal advice for any criminal charges remember to exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.