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Q: My son and some other boys were out driving around outside of Olathe over the holiday weekend. They were pulled over for speeding. The officer issued my son a speeding ticket and then asked to search the car. The boys had a bottle of whiskey in the car that was unopened. The officer gave them all tickets for minor in possession. What do I need to know?
A: The first thing you need to know as that you need to consult directly with a criminal defense lawyer, and you need to bring your son and have him tell the attorney everything that happened. As I am sure you will soon find out a minor in possession charge can be a big deal for a young kid. Depending on your son's age he may be looking at up to a month in jail. He is also looking at a possible driver's license suspension and a rather large fine. Not to mention he could end up with a criminal record. If you get an MIP in Olathe or in Johnson County there are often options to avoid having many of these negative outcomes consult with a lawyer who does MIP work to explore further options. Also, ask about defenses because depending on the location of the alcohol, your son's knowledge of its presence, et cetra. there may be a defense to the charge.