What are the consequences of getting a minor in possession citation in Minnesota?

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2024 | Juvenile Crimes/Delinquency

In the United States, alcohol consumption and possession by minors is often treated very seriously. Therefore, a citation for minor in possession in Minnesota can result in legal penalties. Alcohol consumption and possession is illegal for persons under 21 years of age with very few exemptions.

If your minor gets a minor in possession (MIP) citation in Minnesota, the following are some of the consequences they may face.

Community service hours

This requirement typically entails performing unpaid work for a specified number of hours within the community such as cleaning up parks, assisting at local events or participating in alcohol education and prevention programs. Failure to complete the assigned community service hours could result in further penalties or repercussions.

Possibility of jail time

If your minor receives a minor in possession (MIP) citation in Minnesota, there is a possibility of jail time particularly if it’s a repeat offense or if there are aggravating circumstances involved. While jail time is not always imposed for a first-time offense, subsequent violations or instances where the minor is found to be significantly intoxicated or engaging in other illegal activities may increase the likelihood of incarceration.

Driver’s license suspension

Oftentimes, a consequence of receiving a minor in possession (MIP) citation in Minnesota is the suspension or revocation of the minor’s driver’s license. The length of the suspension can vary depending on factors such as the severity of the offense, whether it’s a first-time or repeat violation and the discretion of the court. In many cases the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will automatically suspend the minor’s license upon receiving notification of the MIP citation.


Another consequence of receiving a minor in possession (MIP) citation in Minnesota is being placed on probation. Probation typically involves regular check-ins with a probation officer, adherence to certain conditions set by the court and the requirement to stay out of legal trouble for a specified period. The conditions of probation may include abstaining from alcohol and drugs, attending counseling or rehabilitation programs and maintaining a clean record.

Legal counsel can provide guidance and representation throughout the legal process, assisting minors and their families in understanding and safeguarding their rights.