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Michigan & Detroit Minor in Possession (MIP) Defense Lawyer and Attorney

If you are charged with Minor in Possession or MIP, The Law Office of James Schmier, PLLC can help to keep a MIP conviction off your record and protect your future.

If Your Are Charged with MIP
If you have been charged with being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol or MIP and you think it's “no big deal”; don't believe it. You should take a Minor in Possession charge seriously by hiring an experienced Attorney to handle your case. Prosecutors and Judges take Minor in Possession or MIP charges very seriously and being convicted of MIP can mean having a misdemeanor on your record, having the charge reported to the Secretary of State, and being required to pay expensive fines and court costs. It also could mean if you are convicted of Minor in Possession or MIP, having to say on a job application, application for college or graduate school that you have a criminal record.

Michigan’s MIP Law

A minor shall not purchase or attempt to purchase, consume, possess or have any bodily alcohol content. A minor who violates this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by the following fines and sanctions:
  • (a) For the first violation, pay a fine of not more than $100.00, be ordered to participate in substance abuse prevention services or substance abuse treatment, be ordered to perform community service, and to undergo substance abuse screening and assessment at his or her own expense
  • (b) For a violation following a prior conviction, be imprisoned for not more than 30 days but only if the minor has been found by the court to have violated an order of probation, failed to successfully complete any treatment, screening, or community service ordered by the court, or failed to pay any fine for that conviction, pay a fine of not more than $200.00, or both, participate in substance abuse prevention services, perform community service, and to undergo substance abuse screening and assessment at his or her own expense.
  • (c) For a violation following 2 or more prior convictions, be imprisoned for not more than 60 days but only if the minor has been found by the court to have violated an order of probation, failed to successfully complete any treatment, screening, or community service ordered by the court, or failed to pay any fine for that conviction, pay a fine of not more than $500.00, or both, ordered to participate in substance abuse prevention services or substance abuse treatment, perform community service, and to undergo substance abuse screening.

Certain parts Michigan’s MIP Law has been ruled Unconstitutional

An experienced Attorney can fight to get the charge dismissed. Part of Michigan’s MIP law has been declared unconstitutional. An attorney who understands the law and stays abreast of current court cases, may be able to keep the charge off your record.

Our office will examine the arrest and determine whether there was probable cause to request a PBT and make sure your Constitutional rights are protected. And under the law, first time offenders may be eligible for a diversion program. But you must consult an Attorney who knows the law and can advise you on your best options. In addition, our Office will suggest things you can do to help your case and give the prosecutor reasons to not prosecute to the furthest extent of the law.

If you have been arrested and charged with being a Minor in Possession or MIP, the Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC has had success defending against Minor in Possession or MIP charges, click here to read about others who have faced charges of being a Minor in Possession.

The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC is a Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving DUI and Family Law and Divorce law firm and provides legal representation in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County and throughout Michigan including these Michigan cities:

Macomb County

Armada
Centerline
Chesterfield Twp.
Clinton
Eastpointe
Fraser
Harrison
Lenox
Macomb
Memphis
Mt. Clemens
New Baltimore
New Haven
Richmond
Romeo
Roseville
St. Clair Shores
Sterling Heights
Shelby
Utica
Warren
Washington

St. Clair County

Port Huron
Capac
Saint Clair
Algonac
Keewahdin
Marine City
Emmett
Yale

Washtenaw County

Ann Arbor
Ypsilanti
Chelsea
Saline
Manchester
Milan
Dexter

Ingham County

Lansing
East Lansing
Williamston
Webberville
Stockbridge
Meridian Township
Danville

Oakland County

Auburn Hills
Addison Twp.
Berkley
Beverly Hills
Bingham Farms
Birmingham
Bloomfield
Bloomfield Hills
Brandon Twp.
Clarkston
Clawson
Commerce
Farmington
Farmington Hills
Ferndale
Franklin
Groveland
Hazel Park
Highland
Holly
Huntington Woods
Independence
Keego Harbor
Lake Angelus
Lake Orion
Lathrup Village
Lyon Twp.
Madison Heights
Milford
Novi
Novi Township
Oak Park
Oakland Township
Orchard Lake
Orion
Ortonville
Oxford
Pleasant Ridge
Pontiac
Rochester
Rochester Hills
Royal Oak
Southfield
South Lyon
Springfield
Sylvan Lake
Troy
Walled Lake
Waterford
West Bloomfield
White Lake
Wixom
Wolverine Lake

Wayne County

Allen Park
Belleville
Brownstown
Canton
Dearborn
Dearborn Heights
Detroit
Ecorse
Flat Rock
Garden City
Gibraltar
Grosse Isle
Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe Farms
Grosse Pointe Park
Grosse Pointe Woods
Hamtramck
Highland Park
Huron
Inkster
Lincoln Park
Livonia
Melvindale
Northville
Plymouth
Redford
River Rouge
Riverview
Rockwood
Romulus
Southgate
Sumpter
Taylor
Trenton
Van Buren
Wayne
Westland
Woodhaven
Wyandotte

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