Minor in Possession Changed in Michigan Law

In Michigan, legislation reducing penalties for minors caught with alcohol is one of the bills signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in December.

Senate Bills 332 and 333 – sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) – decreases first-time violations of the minor in possession (MIP) law from a misdemeanor to a state civil infraction that is similar to a traffic ticket. Driver’s license suspension is still possible for second or third-time offenders under the new law.

What sparked Jones interest in making changes was complaints from parents who stated that punishments varied based on jurisdiction. Some courts would offer a deal, such as take an alcohol class and have no criminal record, while other courts sentenced minors caught with possessing alcohol to jail and received permanent criminal records.

The measures, now called Public Acts 357 and 358 of 2016, will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

How Our Okemos Lawyer Can Help

If you are facing a second, third, or subsequent MIP offense, you could be facing a misdemeanor on your criminal record, a fine, probation, and revocation of your driver’s license. At White Law PLLC, we can thoroughly investigate your case and analyze all relevant evidence that is used against you to develop an effective and personalized legal strategy to get the outcome you desire. Do not hesitate to get experienced and reliable legal representation on your side.

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