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Changes to Michigan Minor in Possession Law Protect Minors Seeking Health Treatment

June 1, 2012 Criminal Law and Procedure

Picture the common situation where a minor has drank alcohol to the point of sickness. The minor, fearing legal repercussions, chooses not to seek health treatment, making a bad situation worse. Changes to the minor in possession law attempt to remedy the situation.

Minors will now have immunity from prosecution for a minor in possession charge where;

A minor presents himself or herself to a health facility for treatment.

A minor accompanies another minor to the health facility for treatment.

A minor initiates contact with a police officer or medical emergency personnel for the purposes of treatment.

If the minor is also under the age of 18, the health facility is required to notify the minor’s parent or guardian.

MCL 436.1703.

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