Minor In Possession of Alcohol

Michigan MIP Practice, What to Expect If Charged With a Minor In Possession

If you are under the age of 21 and are caught consuming or possessing alcohol, you can, and often will be charged with an offense known as “Minor In Possession.” Though it may not seem like a big deal, these charges are criminal, and can be a scar on your record indefinitely. Too frequently, people do not deal with their MIP charges and later their record comes back to haunt them. In Michigan, the law provides options for offenders to preserve their record. At Abdo Law, we are experienced in Michigan MIP practice, and can assist clients in record preservation.

First, if you are arraigned on an MIP and unrepresented, PLEA NOT GUILTY. This is very important for preserving your attorney’s ability to negotiate a deferral at pretrial. Next, realize that if handled properly, an MIP is a manageable offense. In Michigan’s statute (link below), there is a provision for what is called a “deferral.” This is what attorneys use to protect a client’s record. A deferral works as follows. In exchange for a guilty plea, the court will offer an interim period where the defendant must comply with certain conditions. During this period, it is imperative that the defendant comply with these conditions. At the end of the period, the court will “discharge the individual and dismiss the proceedings.” The deferral is a powerful legal tool within the statute that should be utilized by all defendants. Keeping MIPs, which are misdemeanor convictions, off your record is very important for future academic and employment opportunities. At Abdo Law we aggressively negotiate to get our clients deferrals and dismissals so they have a second chance at a clean criminal record.

Resources

Michigan MIP statute

From Michigan.gov’s website “Talking Points On Michigan’s New Minor In Possession Law”

From Michigan.gov, about deferrals and how they are processed