Penalties for Arizona’s Minor in Possession Law
Under ARS 4-246(B), minor in possession is specifically designated a class one misdemeanor. As a class 1 misdemeanor, the maximum penalties are 180 days in jail, 3 years of probation, and up to $4575 in fines and surcharges. A more common sentence–especially for first or second time offenders—is probation with fines, alcohol treatment, and community service. While jail is unlikely, a permanent criminal conviction is a genuine concern. That’s because Arizona doesn’t have expungement.
Penalties a Judge Can Impose in MIP Cases:
- Permanent criminal conviction
- Alcohol counseling and classes
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Up to 3 years of probation
- Community service.
- Under A.R.S. 4-246(D) “…the court may suspend the privilege to drive of a person who is under eighteen years of age for a period of up to one hundred eighty days on receiving the record of the person’s first conviction for a violation of section 4-244, paragraph 9.”
When faced with these penalties and consequences, having a chandler defense attorney guide you through your criminal case ensures rights are protected and consequences are minimized. If there is an avenue for a dismissal or acquittal, it be discussed, addressed, and sought.