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MIC vs. MIP in Arizona

MIC vs. MIP in Arizona

A common question we answer at Oracle Law Group Office, P.C. is what are the differences between a Minor in Consumption in Arizona and a Minor in Possession in Arizona?

A Minor in Consumption in Arizona, A.R.S § 4-244 – 41, states it is unlawful “for a person under twenty-one years of age to have in the person’s body any spirituous liquor.”  Under that statute any person violating any provision is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor and may be ordered to pay a fine and/or serve a maximum of four (4) months in jail.

A Minor in Possession in Arizona A.R.S § 4-241, states “a person who is under the legal drinking age and who solicits another person to purchase, sell, give serve or furnish spirituous liquor contrary to the law is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor.”  Under the statute a person that is found in violation may face a maximum of thirty (30) days in jail and be ordered to pay a fine.

These statutes are in place to dissuade minors in Arizona from purchasing or attempting to purchase alcohol. Underage drinking and driving is becoming a serious issue with teenagers.  In a study done by the CDC one in ten teenagers reported driving after drinking alcohol.  Also in 2008, twenty-five (25) percent of drivers ages 15-20 who died in motor vehicle accidents, had a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .08 or higher.  The Arizona Revised Statutes also sets strict guidelines for establishments serving alcohol (i.e. bars or clubs) and those found guilty of selling alcohol to minors can have their liquor licenses revoked.