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What are Michigan’s new MIP laws?

With constant attempts to improve the safety and security of you and every other person in Michigan, it should come as no surprise that many laws go through multiple changes. One of the most recent updates made to Michigan laws was in regards to the consequences and penalties for underage drinkers. The new ruling on minors who are found in possession went into effect at the end of December, 2016, and has left residents with mixed opinions. Here is what WoodTV.com has reported about the changes that have been made and how they can affect your teen.

 

If you have children under the age of 21, they used to face possible jail time and a misdemeanor crime the first time they were caught drinking. The courts have ruled that the punishment will instead be a fine and a civil infraction charge. A probation violation leading to the second offense could affect your teen’s criminal record and be reported as a misdemeanor. This means that he or she could spend up to 30 days in jail. Fines would also increase on the second charge from $100 to $200.

 

While many approve of the new law and its ability to remove the consequences of a permanent criminal record for underage drinking, others argue that this could lead to more drinking problems for teenagers. Some judges feel that the law may make necessary changes, but could still use some tweaks to effectively deal with concerns.

 

This information is intended to educate you and other parents on the changes that may affect your children. It is not intended and should not be used as legal advice.

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