Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Minor In Possession Charges

     According to Michigan state law, any person under the legal drinking age of 21 caught with alcohol in their possession can be given a Minor In Possession misdemeanor citation. For the first offense, consequences for an MIP charge include fines up to $100, community service, and substance abuse screening at the minor's expense under probation. More often than not, many minors with an MIP get it expunged from their public record after they've completed all of the court's orders. According to MSU Police Department Sergeant Florene McGlothian Taylor, employers are generally pretty lenient about applicants with an MIP charge, and having a charge will not severely hurt their chances for success.
     However, young people who are given more than one MIP charge may have reason for concern. The second offense can result in fines up to $200, probation with substance abuse screening, community service, a 90-day driver's license suspension, and 30 days in jail upon violation of probation or failure to pay fines. The third offense has even more severe consequences. According to Taylor, one of the biggest problem for minors with multiple offenses is a potential addiction to alcohol.

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