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.