What You Need to Know About Appearing Visibly Intoxicated
Possessing alcohol or attempting to purchase alcohol is not the only way that you can wind up facing serious charges. In the event that you appear to be visibly intoxicated or have a blood alcohol level higher than 200ths of 1%, an offender who is found guilty of this may be facing up to a year in prison and $1000 in fines as outlined under Missouri statutes 311.325.1 and 577.001.
Missouri is unique when compared with other states that have minor in possession laws because Missouri's statutes describe that is the burden of proof falls on the state when prosecuting any minor for possession of intoxicating liquor. Missouri does not necessarily require that a labeled and sealed container be open in order to pursue charges against a minor for possession of intoxicating liquor.
Do I Have to Be Tested?
Any minor who is believed to be engaged in behavior that violates the above section could be subjected to two chemical tests of the blood, urine or breath. In the event that you have been accused of being a minor in possession of alcohol, you need to take these charges seriously. Even though this is a misdemeanor charge in Missouri, it can have significant implications for your future.
Missouri courts take MIP charges very seriously and you could also be looking at having your driver's license suspended for 30 days for a first offense, 90 days for your second offense or revoked for an entire year on the third or a subsequent MIP conviction. If you do not have this expunged from your record it can also be attached to your name and impact your ability to receive scholarships or find work in the future.