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Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) in Tacoma

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Underaged Drinking

Children must understand that underage drinking is illegal and can result in criminal prosecution.  Washington law prohibits consumption of alcohol for any person under the age of twenty-one years (21).

For more information on Washington MIP legislation please click here

Summary of Law:

It is unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one years (21) to possess, consume, or otherwise acquire any liquor.  It is also unlawful for a person under the age of twenty-one years (21) to be in a public place, or to be in a motor vehicle in a public place, while exhibiting the effects of having consumed liquor.  Washington law defines exhibiting the effects of having consumed liquor as a person having the odor of liquor on his or her breath and either: (a) Is in possession of or close proximity to a container that has or recently had liquor in it; or (b) by speech, manner, appearance, behavior, lack of coordination, or otherwise, exhibits that he or she is under the influence of liquor.

Any person who violates the above these laws commit a gross misdemeanor.

Punishment:

Every person under the age of eighteen (18) convicted of a gross misdemeanor will face “local sanctions” in juvenile court, which consist of the following: (a) 0-30 days of confinement; (b) 0-12 months of community supervision; (c) 0-150 hours of community restitution; and/or (d) $0-$500 fine.

Every person over the age of eighteen (18) convicted of a gross misdemeanor will face imprisonment in a county jail as ordered by the court with a maximum of three hundred sixty-four days and/or a fine in an amount fixed by the court of not more than five thousand dollars ($5000).

Be Smart:

  1. Do not feel pressure to drink alcohol

  2. Talk to someone you trust

  3. Never drink and drive

  4. Never ride with someone who has consumed alcohol

Resource Links:

Just for Teens (Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board)

Ways to Stay Safe (Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board)

NIDA for Teens (National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens)

Underage Drinking (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

Your College Student (Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board)

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