Underage Drinking in Michigan

The attorneys of Willis Law represent young people who have been charged with juvenile criminal offenses in Michigan, including juvenile misdemeanors and felony juvenile cases. We also represent students, including those with special needs, in disciplinary actions at their schools or colleges. Our goal is to minimize the negative consequences to clients and protect them from a criminal record.

Minor in Possession (MIP) of Alcohol

Michigan has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to minors and alcohol and MIP. If you were caught by police at a party or in a car that was pulled over and you were ticketed for having alcohol in your hand or in your system, a conviction on your record could haunt you for years to come. You could be excluded from some types of employment because of a permanent criminal record. You need a smart and aggressive criminal defense lawyer who knows how to fend off the prosecutor.

Juvenile Drunk Driving Defense

It is a crime for a person under 21 years of age to operate a vehicle in Michigan with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02 or greater. Our lawyers routinely work with parents and children who face serious criminal charges. Our job is to work quickly to obtain the best outcome possible, and to remain available to answer any questions our clients might have. We want our clients to not only understand the process, but to have a positive future that is not affected by having a criminal record.

Standing Up for the Rights of Youth

Our law firm was instrumental in getting the city of Kalamazoo to change its ordinance concerning minor in possession of alcohol. We successfully motioned for a dismissal on a case claiming that the Kalamazoo city ordinance was unconstitutionally requiring young people to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Now police must produce a warrant if a minor does not consent to the breath test.

Juvenile Crimes Defense

If your minor child has been charged with a crime, from drunk driving to drug possession to date rape, you will need an aggressive juvenile crimes attorney. We can discuss your child's situation with the prosecutors and referees who will hear the case and help keep your child out of juvenile detention.

The prosecution will often attempt to certify a minor as an adult. Our first concern is to keep the case under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court system, where the focus is more on rehabilitation and treatment, not punishment.

Protecting Your Future

At Willis Law, we also focus on protecting your son or daughter's juvenile record. Under some circumstances, we may be able to keep a juvenile conviction off of your child's record until he or she is 30 years old. A criminal record can limit your future options for employment and education. If you have more than one conviction, you can never clear your record through expungement, so it is important to hire an attorney to make sure the child's record is protected.

To arrange a free initial consultation, please contact our law firm by email or call us toll free at (888) 461-7744. We offer discounted fees for students, seniors and members of the military. From offices in Kalamazoo, Paw Paw and Grand Rapids, we defend clients facing minor in possession and other juvenile offenses throughout western Michigan.

Learn more on our Client Testimonials page.

"I want to offer my gratitude to you and your staff for your representation of my son. [Your clerk] was kind, considerate and responsive to our concerns and questions. We are, obviously, pleased with the outcome, crediting you with making the difference between dismissal and a conviction." — Carol K., 4.18.08


  • Willis Law You can be sure that if we need further advice in the future your office will be our choice.
  • Willis Law I cannot say enough about the professionalism, integrity and honesty and legal acumen I have found in working with the entire staff.
  • Willis Law Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for what you have done regarding my legal matter.
  • Willis Law We have referred you to several family members and friends.
  • Willis Law I've worked with several attorneys in the Kalamazoo area, and Michael is, without a doubt, extraordinary.
  • Willis Law A truly excellent experience from start to finish.
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