High school, college students, and other young people under 21 years of age often perceive underage drinking as no big deal. To them, peer approval may make it seem acceptable to indulge at weekend or evening social gatherings. However, a seemingly innocent evening can suddenly turn into a nightmare for minors arrested after drinking or in possession of alcohol, especially if they are driving.
For more than 17 years, Daniel Larin has exclusively practiced criminal law, specializing in the defense of alcohol related offenses. He understand the serious criminal ramifications of underage drinking and is prepared to defend individuals who face alcohol related criminal charges.
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In Michigan, the legal drinking age is 21 years. With limited exceptions, it is a misdemeanor criminal offense for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, or consume any alcoholic beverage. Persons under the age of 21 and their parents should not underestimate the seriousness of a M.I.P. conviction.
A first offense is not punishable by:
A second or subsequent offense is punishable more harshly by up to a 93 day in jail sentence, a maximum 60 days of community service, a $500 fine, and a 90 day license suspension.
In addition to the crime of minor in possession, Michigan has a "zero tolerance" policy prohibiting minors from driving a vehicle with a bodily alcohol content of more than .02 and less than .08% or with any alcohol content not resulting from alcohol consumption as part of a generally recognized religious service or ceremony.
A zero tolerance offense should not be taken lightly. A single conviction can be used to enhance future arrests for drunk or impaired driving to a second or third offense. A zero tolerance conviction, like any other drunk driving offense, will also remain permanently on the individual's traffic and criminal record.