Minor In Possession of Alcohol
Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) is a violation under Oregon law. Possession includes consumption of alcohol.
The presumptive fine is $260 and the maximum fine is $1,000.
There is also a one year driver's license suspension for the first conviction of MIP. This suspension occurs at the time of conviction, and is done by the Court. A copy of the order is sent to DMV so DMV can update the defendant's driver's license status. This may be lifted after 90 days. Subsequent convictions require a full one year driver's license suspension.
Subsequent convictions also require the court to order a formal alcohol assessment and evaluation with a state-certified Evaluator.
If a defendant was operating a motor vehicle while MIP, then the presumptive fine is $435 and the maximum fine is $2,000.
For first time offenders, you can petition the court in writing to restore your driving privileges after 90 days. You must attend a Victim Impact Panel, pay your fine in full, and write a five page letter to the court. Information on the panel is available from the court.
If the defendant is under age 18, then the MIP case will be handled by the Juvenile Department.
Underaged Drinking links