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Underage Drinking Archives

Survey suggests it's up to parents to prevent underage drinking

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.

Michigan State athlete pleads guilty to underage DUI

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.

In Michigan's college cities, different DUI arrest trends

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.

Fines for underage drinking charges may not be effective

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.

Parents accused in underage drinking case tell their story

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.

Death at MSU Continued...

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.

Underage drinking party could spell disaster for several teens

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.