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Monday, March 1, 2010

My Son or Daughter has been charged with Minor-In-Possession in Michigan...what do I do?

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Minor in Possession

The Michigan Legislature passed very strict laws that criminalize minor in possession. If you have a son or daughter who is ticket for minor in possession that means that he or she was charged with a crime. Minor in Possession is a misdemeanor. There is an option IF the accused citizen has never been convicted of a minor in possession: diversion. If the charge is diverted the accused will not have any criminal record. "There will be a non-public record so that police, prosecutors and courts can find out if the accused citizen has used MIP in the past" said Mike Nichols.

One point for you to keep in mind if you are a parent: this is your child's case. It is his or her decision about how to respond. It is not yours. As much as you want the best for your child, your job is to let your child work his or her way through the case. Another point: a police officer cannot compel a person suspected of violating the MIP statute to take a preliminary breath test (pbt). If the only evidence in the case is a pbt result then there may be a defense. read more at

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Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

Mike Nichols is recognized by his peers in Michigan as a “SuperLawyer” in DUI/Criminal Defense. Nichols has also been asked to speak at conferences by groups such as the NCDD; Various Bar Associations in other states.