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Minor in Possession (MIP)

Expert Minor in Possession (MIP) Attorneys

Minor in Possession of Alcohol

The legal drinking age in Michigan is 21 years of age.  The State of Michigan prohibits an individual under the age of 21 from purchasing, attempting to purchase, consuming or attempting to consume, possessing or attempting to possess alcohol, transporting, or having any bodily alcohol content.  In fact, Michigan has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to matters of underage drinking.

This zero tolerance stance means that a juvenile can be charged with a MIP without participating in the act of drinking alcohol.  For instance, an underage youth can be a passenger in a car while there is open or unopened alcohol present and can be considered breaking the law.  This is regardless of whether or not alcohol was consumed by the juvenile.  Similarly, Michigan has zero tolerance for drug possession.

Minor in Possession of Drugs

If a juvenile possesses a controlled or illegal substance either knowingly or without legal justification, the juvenile can be charged with drug possession.  Many times these charges happen when a youth is pulled over by the police while driving.  The officer may notice marijuana or other drugs in the car while questioning the young driver.  Drugs can also be discovered during a search through the vehicle.  Minors are certainly charged with a drug possession crime if they possess heroin, methamphetamine or similar illegal drugs.  However, even possession of prescription drugs can warrant a drug charge.  For instance, a child possessing physician-prescribed oxycontin it is not breaking the law.  But, if that juvenile’s friend takes pills from that same prescription bottle, the friend can be charged by police for juvenile drug possession.

My child has been charged with MIP.  What can happen now?

First Offense:  The first time a minor is found in possession of alcohol, he/she is charged with a civil infraction, may pay a fine, and be sentenced community service or substance abuse classes.  A civil infraction will appear on the driving record of the child.

Second  Offense: The second MIP can have more serious consequences – including a charge as a misdemeanor and a possibility of 30 days in jail in addition to probation and other fines.

A Minor in Possession may be an indicator that the child has problems with addiction.  This charge can also damage your child’s reputation and future.  With so much at stake, is important to hire an attorney with experience in the area of MIP.  McCririe has that experience!