Michigan considers Minor in Possession law to become civil infraction, TODD LEVITT, CMU Student Lawyer

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Thursday, 3/17/16

A recent proposal may allow those in Michigan, under the age of 21, caught possessing, purchasing, or consuming alcohol to receive a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor as punishment. 

Senator Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, created the proposition that would allow an individual's first two Minor in Possession charges to be civil infractions.  He explains, "As a former sheriff, I take underage drinking seriously, but I don't want a student to miss out on an employment opportunity because he or she got caught with a can of beer in high school or college... The problem now is that a student makes a mistake with a can of beer and ends up with a criminal record that will follow them for the rest of their life." 

Jones further explains that prosecutors are expressing that MIP charges are "clogging up the court system." Furthermore, judges presiding over MIP cases are ordering such a wide variety of punishments (ranging from community service to jail time) that it leads many to believe that there is a need for reform.  

Under Jones' proposal, a first MIP would be a $100 fine, a second a $200 fine, and a third would be a misdemeanor. 

To read more on Senator Rick Jones' proposal and his other political pursuits, visit his website.

Seth Canner
Assistant Editor-In-Chief  
Levitt Law Firm, Law Clerk 


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