Minor in Possession (MIP)
One of the most common mistakes a minor can make when charged with Minor in Possession (MIP) is to plead guilty at the arraignment, operating under the notion that it would be easier and quicker to do so. While it may seem like it is easiest to plead guilty and pay the fines, this irreversible mistake can have damaging consequences for a child’s future. The attorneys at Kirsch Leach + Associates are well-versed in Michigan’s MIP laws and will navigate through the case. Hiring a highly experienced attorney can make the difference between a criminal record and a dismissal of charges.
For first-time offenders, Michigan statutes provide for a first-time offender’s diversion program and a dismissal of the MIP charges. However, minors who have been convicted of MIP more than once can receive jail time if they failed to complete treatment, counseling, probation, community service, or payment of fines. The penalties for first-time offenders can include:
- Community service
- Alcohol screening
- Alcohol treatment and rehabilitation
It is easy to incriminate yourself with MIP charges. To strengthen your case, it is important to exercise your right to remain silent and to know your rights regarding preliminary breath tests and search and seizures. You can never be forced to perform a preliminary breath test because warrant or clear consent must be given to authorities beforehand. You also have the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizures, so a police cannot stop you on the street to question you without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. Kirsch Leach + Associates attorneys have studied these and many other intricacies of MIP laws to ensure that you will have the best defense to protect your future.