Written by attorney Jonathan Andrew Paul

Ann Arbor Minor in Possession | Keeping a Clean Record

If you've been charged with Minor in Possession in Ann Arbor, this doesn't mean your life is over. I see residents of Ann Arbor and University of Michigan students on a daily basis who have have never been been in trouble, but find themselves being arrested or investigated for an MIP in Ann Arbor. Minor in Possession is in fact one of the most common crimes in Ann Arbor and a real money maker for the 15th District Court. In Ann Arbor, an MIP is committed when a minor purchases, consumes, possesses, or attempts to do any of those things or have any bodily alcohol content. The penalties for an MIP in Ann Arbor at the 15th District Court are the following: - fines ($100 for first offense; $200 for second offense; $500 for subsequent offenses) - court costs ($150–$700) - probation (four months to two years for subsequent offenses) - community service (10–100 hours) - probation oversight fees ($30–$50 per month) - alcohol education - victim’s panel (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) - substance abuse treatment/counseling - drug/alcohol testing - preliminary breath tests (PBTs) (may be ordered on a regular basis—daily, weekends, holidays ($5–$12 per test)) - random drug urine screens (may be ordered ($12–$70) For a second and subsequent MIP offense in Ann Arbor, a minor can be sentenced to jail but only under certain circumstances. For a first MIP offender in Ann Arbor, Judge Hines, Judge Easthope or Judge Burke can place the offender on probation for a period of time, and the case could be dismissed at the end of probation. Visit my website for more information -

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