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Grand Rapids Alcohol Laws

In Michigan, many laws regulate the consumption, possession, and sale of alcohol. Because the penalties for violating Michigan alcohol laws are so serious, speaking with an experienced Grand Rapids DUI lawyer if you have been charged with an alcohol-related offense is important. Below is an overview of Michigan's alcohol laws.

Alcohol Related Laws

In Michigan, as well as the rest of the United States, the legal age to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages is 21. The law does allow 18-year-olds to work as a server or bartender in a restaurant that serves alcohol. They may also handle alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, and liquor, in a supermarket or package store.

According to Michigan alcohol laws, beer, wine, and liquor can be sold by privately owned retail establishments. The sale of alcohol is prohibited Monday through Friday from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. and Sunday before noon.

Legal BAC Limit

For those drivers over the age of 21, the legal limit for bodily alcohol content is .08%. If a driver is over this legal limit, he or she may be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). This is called OWI in Michigan. The penalties for drunk driving include jail time, probation, community service, fines, and the possibility of a lengthy driver's license suspension.

Other Laws to Know

Michigan's Zero Tolerance laws make it illegal for minors to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .02% or higher. There are certain exceptions to this law, such as when the consumption of alcohol is part of a religious ceremony. The penalties for a Zero Tolerance conviction include fines and community service.

Michigan's Open Container law makes it a crime to for anyone in a vehicle, including the passengers, to consume alcohol. All open containers of alcohol must be stored in the trunk where they are not easily accessible. If you're taking home an unfinished bottle of wine from a restaurant, the same rules apply. While it is legal to carry the open container to your vehicle, it is not lawful to store this open bottle inside the passenger compartment of your car.

Michigan's Implied Consent law requires drivers who are pulled over on suspicion of DUI to comply with the police officer's request to take a chemical test. The most common test is breath, but the officer can also ask for a blood test. It is up to the officer, not the driver to determine what test will be administered. A failure to comply with this request can lead to the loss of driving privileges for up to 2 years, and up to six points can be added to the driving record. Refusing is rarely a good idea because with nearly every refusal the police will simply obtain a search warrant and the driver will be forced to comply. A failure to comply under these circumstances can result in a charge of resisting and obstructing a police office, which is a very serious felony.

Consulting With an Attorney

Have you recently been charged with violating one of Michigan's alcohol laws? The Barone DUI Defense Firm can help. Submit your case information online today for a free consultation. When you speak with us, be sure to request your FREE copy of The Michigan DUI Book (A Citizen's Handbook on Fighting a Michigan DUI Case).

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