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Liquor law in Michigan

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Drinking Age in Michigan

Michigan, like all US states, has a legal drinking age. The drinking age in Michigan is 21. This means that anyone under the age of 21 is not legally allowed to purchase, consume or possess alcoholic beverages.

Exceptions to the Drinking Age in Michigan

There are a few exceptions to Michigan's drinking age laws. These include:

  • Religious and Medical Purposes: In some cases, alcohol may be consumed by minors for religious or medical purposes. In such cases, the minor must have written consent from a parent or guardian.
  • Private Property: Parents or legal guardians may provide alcohol to their own children on private property.
  • Restaurant Sales: Under Michigan's 'emancipation of minors' law, 18-year-olds can purchase and consume beer or wine while dining with their parents or legal guardians at a restaurant.

Penalties for Violating Michigan's Drinking Age Laws

Michigan's penalties for violating the drinking age laws are severe. These include:

  • Fines: Fines can range from $100 to $1,000 for a first offense, up to $2,500 for subsequent offenses.
  • Jail Time: In some cases, violators may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 60 days.
  • License Suspension: Drivers under the age of 21 who violate the drinking age laws may have their driver's license suspended for up to one year.
  • Community Service: Judges may also require violators to perform community service as part of their sentence.


Michigan's drinking age laws are in place to protect public health and safety. It is important for all Michigan residents to understand these laws and the consequences of violating them.

Driving and Alcohol Laws in Michigan

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. The state also has a zero-tolerance policy for drivers under the age of 21, meaning that any amount of alcohol in their system can result in a DUI charge.

Administrative Penalties

If a driver is stopped and found to have a BAC of 0.08 or higher, they will face administrative penalties. These penalties include a 6-month driver's license suspension and a $100 fee to reinstate the license. If the driver refuses to take a breathalyzer or blood test, their license will be suspended for one year.

Criminal Penalties

Michigan also enforces criminal penalties for drunk driving. A first-time offender can face up to 93 days in jail, a fine of up to $500, and up to 360 hours of community service. Subsequent offenses result in harsher penalties, including longer jail sentences and higher fines.

Ignition Interlock Device

In Michigan, drivers may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle after a DUI conviction. The IID is a breathalyzer that the driver must blow into before starting the car. If the device detects alcohol in the driver's breath, the car will not start.

Open Container Laws

It is illegal to have an open container of alcohol in a vehicle in Michigan. This includes both drivers and passengers. Violations of this law are punishable by fines.

Table of Michigan DUI Laws

Offense BAC Limit Penalties
First Offense 0.08 or higher Up to 93 days in jail, $100-$500 fine, up to 360 hours of community service
Second Offense (within 7 years) 0.08 or higher 5 days to 1 year in jail, $200-$1,000 fine, 30-90 days of community service, license revocation
Third Offense (within 10 years) 0.08 or higher 1-5 years in jail, $500-$5,000 fine, 60-180 days of community service, license revocation
Fourth or Subsequent Offense 0.08 or higher Felony, up to 5 years in prison, $1,000-$5,000 fine, license revocation

By understanding and following Michigan's alcohol laws while driving, individuals can help ensure their safety and the safety of others on the road.

Blood Alcohol Concentration in Michigan

Blood Alcohol Concentration in Michigan

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above. Here is a breakdown of BAC levels and their effects on the body:

BAC Level Effects on the Body
0.02% Some loss of judgment, relaxation, slight body warmth, altered mood
0.05% Exaggerated behavior, may have loss of small-muscle control (e.g. focusing eyes), impaired judgment, lowered alertness
0.08% Muscle coordination becomes poor (e.g. balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing), harder to detect danger; judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory are impaired
0.10% Clear deterioration of reaction time and control; slurred speech, poor coordination, and slowed thinking
0.15% Far less muscle control than normal, vomiting may occur (unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a tolerance for alcohol), major loss of balance

It is important to note that these effects can vary based on a person's age, weight, sex, and other factors. It is always safest to avoid drinking and driving altogether.

Open container law in Michigan

Open Container Law in Michigan

Michigan has strict laws regarding open containers of alcohol in motor vehicles. Below are the key points to remember:

Law Overview

  • It is illegal for a driver or passenger to consume alcohol while in a motor vehicle on a public road.
  • Open containers of alcohol must be kept in the trunk or a locked compartment separate from the driver and passengers.
  • Violators can face fines, jail time, and even suspension of their driver's license.


  • There are a few exceptions to the open container law, including:
    • A passenger in a bus, limousine, or other commercial vehicle that is designed for transporting people for compensation.
    • A passenger in the living quarters of a motorhome that is not being operated.
    • A passenger in a taxi or other for-hire vehicle.
  • Private property such as a campsite or picnic area is not considered a public road, so open containers are allowed as long as the driver is not under the influence.


  • Violating the open container law can result in fines of up to $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $500 for subsequent offenses.
  • A violator can also face up to 90 days in jail and/or community service.
  • In addition, the driver's license of a violator can be suspended for up to 30 days for a first offense and up to 90 days for subsequent offenses.

Remember, the open container law is in place to keep roads safe and prevent drunk driving. Always drink responsibly and follow the law to avoid legal consequences.

Michigan Liquor Sale Open Hours

Liquor Sale Open Hours in Michigan
Days of Week

If you are an adult living in Michigan, it is important to know the liquor sale open hours. The sale of liquor is regulated by the state government, and the hours of sale are strictly enforced. The table above provides the liquor sale open hours for each day of the week in Michigan.

As you can see, liquor sales are prohibited between the hours of 2:00am and 7:00am, with the exception of Sunday when sales start at 12:00pm. This means that you cannot purchase liquor from any licensed retailer during these hours. It is important to note that individual municipalities may have their own liquor sale regulations, so it's always a good idea to check with your local authorities.

Remember, as an adult, it is your responsibility to consume alcohol responsibly and within the legal limits.