Re: Can I Plead Not Guilty to This MIP for Alcohol and Win
Not being under the influence is completely irrelevant. You were charged with possession, not intoxication. The argument that you didn't know about the presence of alcohol will come down to your credibility with the prosecutor/judge.
That's not going to help with your credibility. The circumstances certainly imply that you were aware of the alcohol and it was intended for the consumption by everyone in the car. You are usually legally responsible for anything in your car. You were with two other underage guys, behaving in a disorderly manner, and there was enough alcohol for everyone. The only thing you have to counter these circumstances is your word (your friends' testimony won't carry much weight since they can be expected to lie for you). So, basically, your only defense comes down to your credibility.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.