As summer approaches, thousands of concertgoers will once again make their way to Maryland Heights Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. The popular concert venue will host numerous artists and groups this summer. This means increased enforcement by the Maryland Heights Police Department in an effort to curb underage drinking, marijuana use, and unruly crowds.
An individual can receive a MIP citation by “possession by consumption” or by actual physical possession of an alcoholic beverage. A prosecutor does not need to demonstrate that an alcoholic beverage existed or that the minor was in possession of an alcoholic beverage. Rather, a prosecutor only needs to demonstrate that the minor has consumed alcohol to gain a conviction. Often, an officer will subject a suspect to standardized field sobriety tests to determine whether an individual has been consuming alcohol.
Maryland Heights Police Department is known to aggressively patrol the parking lots prior to a concert and also the venue itself during a concert to identify underage drinkers. Fortunately, if you are cited for MIP, you do have rights. The St. Louis MIP lawyers at Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. have successfully fought countless MIP cases and achieved favorable results for our clients.
If you or your child has been cited for minor in possession in Missouri, contact our experienced team of lawyers today. The lawyer of Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C. can help you understand the situation and defend your rights.