It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to be in possession of alcohol in the State of Michigan. While many young people just shrug off an MIP arrest as not being a big deal, that could be a very costly mistake. While it is true that a first conviction will probably not result in very serious punishments, you will be putting yourself at risk of harsher penalties should you be caught subsequent times. For that reason, it is smart to seek out the assistance of a qualified law firm such as Sumner & Associates to help you fight against this charge.


The law is fairly simple as it relates to MIP, or minor in possession.


“A minor shall not purchase or attempt to purchase, consume, possess, or have any bodily alcohol content”


Violations of this law will result in increasingly harsh penalties for more than one conviction. The following outlines the kind of trouble you could find yourself in for repeated MIP violations.


  • First offense. The fine for this offense is under $100, and you will have to participate in some kind of substance abuse prevention program. Jail time is highly unlikely.
  • Second offense. At this point, you can be jailed for up to 30 days and face a fine of up to $200. You will also have to participate in the substance abuse program, and perform community service.
  • More than two offenses. With at least two convictions on your record for MIP, you can now face up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.


MIP is not the most serious charge under the law, but it still needs to be argued against in court to keep your record clean. Call our offices today for a free consultation and to find our what our firm has to offer you. We look forward to your call.