Minor in Possession of Alcohol Attorney

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorneys that are dedicated to the aggressive, effective, and passionate defense of young people charged in Michigan with MIP Offenses

Minor in Possession, also known as “MIP,” is one of the most common criminal matters that minors face. Although a first offense is generally charged as a civil infraction, subsequent offenses may be charged under criminal laws. For parents and minors alike, a MIP can be very stressful because a criminal charge can potentially stay on a young person’s criminal history for life.

For the first offense of MIP in Michigan, a dismissal is possible. If the judge agrees, a first offense MIP can be taken under advisement and dismissed if there is a guilty plea and the defendant successfully complete probation.

Dismissals for first offenses are NOT automatic and the terms and conditions of probation can change from court-to-court and from judge-to-judge. Many judges in Michigan routinely impose questionable probation conditions and then hold the youth in contempt when there is a minor error in following a probation condition. The sentence for contempt regularly includes jail time. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we find the practice of tricking young people into giving up their rights and throwing themselves on the “mercy” of the court is unacceptable.

We Will Make Certain That His or Her Rights are Fully Protected

When we are hired to represent a client on a MIP we make certain that his or her rights are fully protected! The MIP defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. understands that because criminal histories are easily accessible on the internet and a MIP on a criminal history can potentially make the difference in a job or educational opportunity, everything possible must be done to keep the offense off our client’s criminal history.

A MIP conviction may stay on his or her record until the age of 31.

If you or a loved one is charged with or being accused of a Minor In Possession Charge in Michigan, call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. to speak to a MIP Specialist Defense Attorney today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.

MIP Minor in Possession Defense in Michigan

Defenses may provide the basis for your case being reduced, dismissed or for an acquittal. Possible defenses include:

  • Chemical Test: The police can’t require you to submit to a chemical test unless a valid exception to the search warrant requirement exists.
  • Consuming Alcohol in a Place Where It’s Legal: If you are 19 or 20 years of age and you consumed the alcohol in Canada, this is a defense.
  • Job Requires You to Possess/Transport Alcohol: If your job requires you to possess or transport alcohol, this is a defense.
  • Education Requirement: If a class you are attending requires you to consume alcohol, this is a defense.
  • Religious Ceremony: If you consumed alcohol as part of a religious ceremony, this is a defense.
  • Constitutional Rights Violation: If a court determines that a defendant’s constitutional rights were violated, all charges may be dismissed.


Possible penalties depending upon whether it is a first or subsequent conviction of a misdemeanor MIP are:

  1. Jail (for VOP on 2nd or subsequent offense)
  2. Community Service
  3. Alcohol Screening
  4. Alcohol treatment/rehabilitation
  5. Fines/Costs

LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. handles Minor-In-Possession Charges throughout Michigan, including but not limited to the following jurisdictions: Oakland County, Rochester Hills, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Novi, Troy, Royal Oak, Oak Park, Madison Heights, Waterford, Pontiac, West Bloomfield, Clarkston, Berkley, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Auburn Hills, Birmingham, Macomb County, Mt. Clemens, Sterling Heights, Warren, Shelby Township, Centerline, East Pointe, Roseville, Fraser, St. Clair Shores, Utica, Livingston County, Howell, Brighton, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Wayne County, Detroit, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Downriver, Grosse Pointe, Plymouth, Southgate, Taylor, Southeastern Michigan.

Michigan Minor in Possession of Alcohol Defense Attorney

If you or your child is charged with a criminal MIP case, we can help.  The defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience successfully defending clients charged with MIP. Call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and a highly experienced criminal defense attorney will promptly contact you.