What Getting an MIP Means for A Teenager

MIP Attorney Grand Rapids, MI

Have you or a loved one recently received a Minor In Possession (MIP) or open container offense and are curious about the impact that it is going to have on your life?

When dealing with alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, many teenagers are unaware of the impact their actions may have on the different areas of their life. Some of the punishments are more severe than others, but being well informed of the consequences of a MIP offense may help deter teenagers from potentially criminating situations.

The criminal defense lawyers at Beurkens Law have put together the following quick reference guide on what you may encounter with a Minor in Possession or open container offense:


If the drugs or alcohol were found on school property, then the individual may also face administrative consequences from the school. High schools and colleges will have their own set of drug and alcohol policies and breaking these rules could potentially lead to suspension, probation, or even expulsion from that school. These punishments vary from school to school depending on how strict the administration is on their substance abuse policies.

Employment Obstacles

Teenagers may be faced with troubles finding or maintaining employment after receiving a MIP or open container offense on their record. If they are looking for temporary or part time work, these teenagers may have to explain their offense on a job application or during a job interview and it may even play a factor on whether or not the individual gets the job or not.

Driver’s License Sanctions

For teenagers, being able to drive back and forth to school and work is a big deal because most of the time, they cannot afford to miss class or skip a shift at work. However, receiving a MIP or Open Container offense may lead to driver’s license sanctions like being able to drive only during certain hours, limited destinations they are allowed to drive to, or even short-term license suspension. 

Other Punishments

Each Minor In Possession or Open Container is going to differ based on the individual’s criminal history, the substance abuse policies in that city or region, and even the age of the teenager. However, some of the more common punishments include:

  • Community Service
  • Mandatory drug or alcohol classes
  • Large fines based on the court details
  • Time in jail or a juvenile detention facility

If you are in need of a legal representation for your drunk driving case, please contact the Grand Rapids attorneys at (616) 459-5344. At Beurkens Law, our criminal defense attorneys believe that individuals can always recover from a DUI offense charge.

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