Minor in Possession

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

East Lansing Police and Minors in Possession: It is like Shooting Fish in a Barrel and Its Lining the City Treasury

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Minor in Possession

Recent statistics show Minor in Possession (MIP) tickets and arrests are skyrocketing in East Lansing. East Lansing police generated buckets-full of money for the city by handing out tickets for MIP in 2011 in numbers that were significantly higher than in 2010. “The 4th Amendment does not have an exception for minors in possession cases,” says East Lansing criminal defense attorney Mike Nichols. Nichols adds “I sometimes wonder if police are not passing these charges out with the belief that most kids do not challenge the arrest or evidence and enter into the city’s diversion program – which means money for the city.”

A link to statistics for the 54B District Court, where cases initiated by the East Lansing Police Department are heard, can be found here:


The lawyers at the Nichols Law Firm are not opposed to people entering into the diversion program and pleading guilty – but only after the facts and the law are thoroughly analyzed. Even an MIP is a serious matter to take seriously. For the lawyers who are committed to results, contact the Nichols Law Firm in East Lansing at 517.432.9000.

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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.