Minor in Possession
What to Expect in Court
What is the process at court?
You will be checked in for court in the order in which you arrive. However, the order in which the court calls your case will depend on the group you are in. Groups are organized by the plea bargain offer. The earlier you arrive, the earlier you will be called in your group. Since there are typically many MIP cases during the Fall semester, please be prepared to be at the court for up to three hours.
What is the likely outcome of my case?
The outcome of your MIP case will depend on whether you have had a previous criminal violation. If you are a University of Colorado (CU) student, you will have additional consequences imposed by the Office of Student Conduct or Residence Life. Marijuana-related cases that result in a conviction may affect your eligibility for Federal Student Financial Aid. To find out more, consult an attorney and/or read the following links: Penalties for Drug Law Violations and Student Aid Eligibility.
For specific information about plea offers for first, second, and third time offenders refer to the MIP-More Information page under Related Links, in the upper right hand corner.
What if I cannot come to court as scheduled?
You may reschedule your case ONE TIME. Call the court at 303-441-1842 to reschedule. However, MIP cases are almost always scheduled for 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, so please understand that you will not be able to reschedule for a different day of the week or time of day. If you miss court, there will be a warrant for your arrest. To avoid being arrested, call or come to court, post your bond (if required), and reschedule your court date.
How much money should I expect to pay?
The amount of money you will be required to pay at court will depend on your individual circumstances, including whether you have a prior criminal violation. The list below indicates the typical court fines and fees for common MIP situations.
First offense - $100
Second offense - $190
Third or subsequent offense - Varies
For defendants facing their first or second offense, the associated fees are due on your court date. If you do not have payment on the day of court, you will have to come back for another court date. These costs do not include the cost of whatever alcohol/drug treatment program is ordered.
Sealing Your MIP Record
Once your MIP case is dismissed, the court will automatically seal your record. If you pled guilty, after one year from the date of your guilty plea, you can petition the court to have your record sealed if you have no new charges. There is no fee to petition the court to seal your MIP record. Learn more about Sealing Minor in Possession (MIP) Records .
Minor in Possession of Marijuana
Marijuana-related cases that result in a conviction may affect your eligibility for Federal Student Financial Aid. To find out more, consult an attorney and/or read the following links: Penalties for Drug Law Violations and Student Aid Eligibility.
Not Guilty Pleas
What if I am not guilty of the MIP charge?
If you believe you are not guilty of the MIP charge, you must still come to court on your scheduled court date. At that time, you will have two options.
- Option one: Get a new court date to meet with a prosecutor to explain why you believe you are not guilty of the charge. After that meeting, you can set your case for trial, if necessary.
- Option two: Plead not guilty and set your case for trial without first meeting with a prosecutor. You are entitled to have either a judge or a jury decide your case.
What if I want to consult an attorney?
You are always entitled to consult with and/or hire an attorney. If you are a CU student, you may wish to consult with an attorney at Student Legal Services, which offers reduced rates. The court will not appoint a free attorney to represent you.
To learn more about how CU Student Legal Services can help you, click on this link CU Student Legal Services