Zero tolerance or minor blood alcohol concentration (minor BAC) is a very common criminal matter that minors face in Michigan. If you’re not sure what your options are and what may happen, call me for a free phone consultation.
Zero Tolerance Defined in Michigan
Zero tolerance applies to minors – those under 21 years of age. This law prohibits minors from driving with a blood alcohol concentration between .02 or .08 or the presence of any alcohol in the body.
Possible Penalties for Michigan Minor BAC
Depending upon whether it is a first or subsequent conviction, possible penalties are:
- Jail (No jail for first offense)
- Community Service
Driver’s license penalties for minor BAC/driving under the influence are:
- Restriction or suspension of your Michigan driver’s license
- Points on your license
Michigan Minor BAC Defenses
Defenses may provide the basis for your case being reduced, dismissed or for an acquittal. Possible defenses to your minor BAC case include:
- Improper Arrest
The police must have probable cause to arrest.
- Chemical Test Deficiency
The police may fail to follow proper procedure in the administration of any test or may fail to adequately maintain the breathalyzer. This may mean the device is unreliable or faulty.
- Religious Ceremony
If you consumed alcohol as part of a religious ceremony, this is a defense.
Attorney Serving Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville & Novi
I handle minor in possession (MIP) and zero tolerance/minor BAC cases in Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville and Novi, Michigan. Call me at 248-374-0722 for a free phone consultation.