Minor in Possession/Underage Drinking

Kalamazoo Minor Possession Lawyer

Protecting Michigan College Students from Minor in Possession Charges

College towns are known for underage drinking. You just started out on your own. A friend hooks you up with a fake ID. And the college parties start rolling one after another. Maybe it was your first time drinking underage. Maybe it was simply your first time getting caught. Regardless, a conviction for Minor in Possession (MIP) can have a significant impact on your criminal record and your college career.

If you have been arrested for underage drinking and face charges for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, trust in the criminal defense lawyer at Vander Horst Law Office, P.C.. We fight to protect your rights and future. Contact us for aggressive representation and an explanation of your rights.

Under Michigan underage drinking laws, college students or other minors can be charged - even if they were not drinking. Carrying alcohol in your car, holding a can of beer in your hand, or hosting a party where alcohol was being served can all constitute minor possession of alcohol.

Penalties for Zero Tolerance Violations

Michigan has Zero Tolerance for underage drinking. Therefore, law enforcement heavily patrols college towns and other areas to crack down on the offense. Individuals convicted for underage drinking or underage drinking and driving face serious penalties:

  • Minor in possession (MIP): fines (up to $100), parental notification (under 18), community service, substance abuse screening
  • Underage DUI/OWI: fines (up to $250), driver's license suspension (30-90 days), community service (up to 45 days), points on your driving record

In addition, college students may face collateral consequences, such as loss of student loans, scholarships, housing penalties, and other consequences.

Don't let a mistake in judgment have such a negative impact on your education and future.

If you are facing criminal charges for minor in possession, underage drinking and driving, or possession of a fake ID, you can trust that we will do everything we can to mitigate the circumstances of your case. When possible, we will strive to get the charges dropped or reduced so that consequences are minimized.

For more information about our services contact the Kalamazoo, MI Law Office of Vander Horst Law Office, P.C.

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