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Minors in Possession of Alcohol / Underage Drinking

Michigan has adopted a zero tolerance stance on underage drinking. As a result, the charge of Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) is becoming common-place, especially on college campuses.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, Minor in Possession of Alcohol Defense Lawyers

Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)

Michigan law states that a minor Ashall not purchase or attempt to purchase alcoholic liquor, consume or attempt to consume alcoholic liquor, or possess or attempt to possess alcoholic liquor (unless consumed as part of a religious ceremony). This is a misdemeanor offense punishable with the payment of fines of up to $100.00, court costs and possible imposition of community service. In addition, the court may require one convicted of Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) to participate in counseling and/or rehabilitation for substance abuse prevention, including substance abuse screening (drug/alcohol testing).

Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) - First Offense

As this is a misdemeanor offense, a conviction for Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) will generate a permanent criminal record for the defendant. Unless expunged, this criminal conviction will remain on one's record for the rest of his/her life. The criminal record may impact future educational and/or employment opportunities. It may also affect the impact of any future criminal offenses.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) - Second Offense

A conviction for Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) second offense carries with it the possibility of fines of up to $200.00, court costs and the possible imposition of community service. Again, the court can order that a defendant participate in counseling and/or rehabilitation for substance abuse prevention, including substance abuse screening. The Michigan Secretary of State will automatically suspend the minor's driving privileges for a period of 90 days. The minor will be required to pay a $125.00 reinstatement fee to the Michigan Secretary of State in order to secure a new driver's license. The minor defendant is subject to jail time of up to 30 days if found to be in violation of a Probation Order, if the defendant has failed to pay court-ordered fines and costs, or if the defendant has failed to successfully complete treatment screening or community service as previously ordered by the court.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) - Third Offense

A conviction for Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) third offense can result in the imposition of fines of up to $500.00, together with court costs and the imposition of community service. The Court can order the defendant to participate in rehabilitation/counseling for substance abuse prevention, including substance abuse screening. If the defendant is found to be in violation of an Order of Probation, or if the defendant has failed to pay court-ordered fines and costs, failed to successfully complete treatment screening or community service as previously ordered by the court, he/she can be imprisoned for up to 60 days.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol Diversion

The attorneys at Worsfold Macfarlane McDonald, PLLC are experienced in defending Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) charges and protecting a minor's constitutional rights. We take a pro-active approach in order to minimize the impact of Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) charges. When appropriate, we will pursue diversionary programs allowed by statute. In certain instances, the court affords first-time offenders the opportunity to participate in a diversionary program. While these programs vary from court to court, Michigan law provides that a court may defer proceedings and place an individual on probation, including the payment of fines and costs, the completion of community service and the participation in counseling/rehabilitation for substance abuse prevention. Upon fulfillment of the terms and conditions of the Order of Probation, the court discharges the defendant and the criminal charges pending against him/her. With the successful completion of a diversionary program, one emerges from the proceedings without a criminal conviction on his/her record. At Worsfold Macfarlane McDonald, PLLC, we have been successful in obtaining diversionary treatment for individuals charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP).

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To discuss your Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) case with the lawyers at Worsfold Macfarlane McDonald, PLLC, please call (616) 977-200 or fill out the Contact form on this site. From our office in Grand Rapids, we represent clients throughout the State of Michigan.