Prom season is almost upon us. In the coming weeks, teens in Michigan will put on gowns and tuxedos for the dance that many consider a rite of passage in high school.
Under Michigan law, it is illegal for people under age 21 to drink alcohol. A conviction for underage drinking, which may seem like a relatively minor crime in at least some situations, can have lifelong consequences. It can appear on you permanent record, which could affect your ability to get a job, obtain a mortgage or travel abroad.
Young adults in Michigan who have their driver’s licenses should be aware that they might face significant legal consequences if they are cited for underage drinking and driving. The state has a “zero tolerance” law that sets a much stricter legal limit for blood-alcohol content for drivers under age 21. The standard BAL in Michigan is 0.08, but for people under the legal drinking age, it’s 0.02.
Readers who went to college likely have many happy memories of their student days. Unfortunately for some, a drinking and driving arrest was a less happy part of the college experience. Police in Michigan's two largest college towns, East Lansing and Ann Arbor, aggressively pursue DUI arrests, with potentially serious consequences for those arrested if they are convicted.
A conviction for being a minor in possession of alcohol under Michigan law can carry a significant sentence. The simple fact of an underage drinking conviction on a person's record can affect their ability to get a job, receive a loan or auto insurance, or even travel to other countries. More immediately, a first conviction can mean a fine of up to $100, community service and drug or alcohol testing.
When people in Lansing hear about parents hosting a party where underage drinking takes place, they may think of the parents as irresponsible and indifferent to the risk of drinking and driving. Parents in that situation often do not get the opportunity to tell their side of the story, so the public is left to judge them based on media reports.
Two Detroit area teens were bound over yesterday, Tuesday, August 28, 2012, in the Ingham County Circuit Court on charges relating to MSU freshman found dead in her dorm room by her roommate on March 19, 2012. Previously discussed here; see Death at MSU.
Death at MSU results from a gathering of friends, 2 bottles of tequila, and a bottle of vodka.
Many teenagers in Michigan, like other young people around the country, don't always make the best decisions, especially when it comes to being a minor in possession of alcohol. Dozens of kids are now facing the reality of owning up to those decisions after a big underage drinking bust at a yacht club earlier this month.