Curvy Minors in Possession (MIP) Law

The current MIP Law, SB 362 was passed by the 2003 Montana Legislature.  According to that law

  • A person under 21 years of age commits the offense of possession of an intoxicating substance if the person knowingly consumes or has in the person’s possession an intoxicating substance.
  • A person does not commit the offense if the person consumes or gains possession of the beverage because it was lawfully supplied to the person under 16-6-305 (parent, doctor, or religious) or when in the course of employment it is necessary to possess alcoholic beverages.

Under 18

1st Offense

  • $100-$300 fine
  • 20 hours community service (plus fees)
  • Substance abuse education course with parents (plus cost of completion of the MIP course)
  • Driver’s license confiscated for up to 30 days

2nd Offense

  • $200-$600 fine
  • 40 hours community service (plus fees)
  • Substance abuse education course with parents (plus cost of completion of the MIP course)
  • Driver’s license confiscated for up to 6 months
  • Complete chemical dependency assessment and complete treatment if recommended (plus the cost of an assessment)

3rd Offense

  • $300-$900 fine
  • 60 hours community service (plus fees)
  • ACT course, which includes an assessment and possible treatment if recommended (plus cost of course)
  • Driver’s license confiscated for up to 6 months
  • Possible jail for up to 6 months

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18 and Over

1st Offense

  • $100-$300 fine
  • 20 hours community service (plus fees)
  • Substance abuse education course (plus costs)
  • Attend a Victim Impact Panel (plus fees)
  • Driver’s license confiscated for up to 30 days

2nd Offense

  • $200-$600 fine
  • 40 hours community service (plus fees)
  • Substance abuse education (plus cost)
  • Attend a Victim Impact Panel (plus fees)
  • Driver’s license confiscated for up to 6 months
  • Complete chemical dependency assessment and complete treatment if
    recommended (plus the cost of an assessment)

3rd or Subsequent Offense

  • $300-$900 fine
  • 60 hours community service (plus fees)
  • ACT course, which includes an assessment and possible treatment if recommended (plus costs)
  • Driver’s license confiscated for up to 6 months
  • Possible jail for up to 6 months

Department of Transportation MIP Penalties Brochure