PAULA or MIP may only be a Misdemeanor, but it can Stick on Your record and Affect Your Future Life

PAULA or MIP may only be a Misdemeanor, but it can Stick on Your record and Affect Your Future Life

A serious criminal offense, such as a drug-related crime or driving under the influence (DUI), requires a tough lawyer and a pretty good defense. Actually, the fact is any type of criminal accusation, even a simple case of misdemeanor, calls for a good defense lawyer.

Criminal defense lawyers, such as those from the law firm of Truslow & Truslow, know that living with a criminal record, regardless of how serious the crime is, is a huge hindrance to life’s opportunities and in the pursuit of one’s dreams. Thus, no matter the offense, a criminal charge at any level should be taken seriously because a conviction can have serious repercussions on every aspect of life; it can result to loss of job, denied employment applications, difficulty in finding an apartment to live in, difficulty in applying for professional licenses, and limited travelling opportunities. This is because employers, landlords, license providers and even the government always ask about possible criminal convictions before hiring people, issuing licenses or granting visas and passports.

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, a law that was passed in 1984, is one example of a federal mandate that constitutes a criminal offense if violated. This particular law strictly prohibits the possession and purchase of alcoholic beverages in public by individuals under the age of 21, except under certain circumstances. Those who will be caught violating this law will be charged either with Possession of Alcohol under the Legal Age (PAULA), or Minor in Possession (MIP).

States differ with regard to punishment of violators of PAULA or MIP. For first time offenders, so long as the offense does not involve DUI/DWI or public intoxication, fines may range from $100 to $200. Repeat offenders can suffer higher fines, besides participation in an alcohol education program or rendering of community service. Other states also apply a suspension on an offender’s driving privileges.

PAULA or MIP may only be a misdemeanor, but if it sticks on one’s records, it will surely affect a violator’s future life. Hoping to be acquitted from the charge, or in the event of a conviction, working to have such conviction expunged from your record, can be possible, but only with the help of a well-seasoned lawyer who is determined to fight for your defense and who cares for your future as much as you do.