What is the typical punishment for an open intoxication ticket? 6 Answers as of November 11, 2011

I received an open intoxication ticket while while visiting CMU. First offense never been in any other kind of trouble and I was on a sidewalk not transporting in a vehicle. Do I have to appear in court and what is the typical punishment?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
Anyone charged with a criminal offense is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The prosecutor needs to prove any allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. Ultimately, it's important for a person to look at the ticket. If it's punishable as a misdemeanor, the offense may be punishable by jail time, probation, fines, costs, or other sanctions and could include license sanctions if it's a traffic offense. If it's a civil infraction, it's punishable by just fines and costs and possible license sanctions if it's a traffic offense.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/11/2011
Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C.
Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. | Loren Dickstein
You do have to appear in court because an open intox "ticket" is a misdemeanor offense. Although the immediate consequence may not be severe, you are thinking too short term. The long term consequences should be of significant concern to you. In these days where the internet is so accessible and criminal records are readily available, you should know that any future employer that ever considers hiring you will look at your prior record. If they are deciding between two equally qualified candidates and one has a criminal history (even a minor one involving alcohol), the choice for the employer will be obvious. Do not make a mistake of taking the case lightly. Hire an experienced Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/24/2011
Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
Yes you'll have to appear in court. The typical punishment would be probation with fines and costs, especially if it your first offense. Seek out an attorney that does these types of cases so they can get you the best deal.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/20/2011
Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
You will probably have to appear in court but you should contact the court and they can advise as to how to appear. Based on the facts provided, typical punishment would be fines and costs.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/18/2011
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
You want to get an attorney this can carry up to 93 days in jail and depending on the circumstances suspend your license.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/17/2011
    Hilf & Hilf PLC
    Hilf & Hilf PLC | Daniel Hilf
    Open intoxicants is typically a 90 day maximum misdemeanor in Michigan, which requires you to appear in Court. Because you do not have a prior record, you probably can avoid any jail time. You may be able to have the offense expunged as well, depending upon your circumstances. If you can afford a lawyer, you should hire one to help you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/17/2011
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