MIP (Minor in Possession) Penalties May Loosen
Those arrested for a first-time Minor in Possession (MIP) may face a lesser penalty if a new bill becomes law. Rather than a misdemeanor, the new bill would impose a civil infraction and $100 fine for those caught with alcohol under 21 years old. The penalties for second or third offenses would rise to misdemeanors with jail time and fines.
Most people charged with MIPs live in college towns across Michigan. The bill has stalled in the legislature, but it demonstrates a trend for a more reasonable approach to criminal justice. If you don’t know your rights, then you’d better call Grewal at (888) 211-5798.