A first offense MIP charge in NE is a misdemeanor
punishable by up to a $500 fine and up to 3 months in jail. Generally, on a first offense he can get a deferred sentence
, which usually includes a lower fine than the $500 (many times about $150) and a substance abuse class that he must pay to attend (usually about $75) and some community service. Generally, upon completion of the deferred sentence the charge is dismissed and expunged or able to be expunged. If he fights the charge, he would not likely go to jail, but the fine and penalty could be quite a bit higher and harder to have removed from his record. He may do best hiring an attorney in Lincoln that deals with the college there, since they make deals on these cases all of the time and can usually get him a better deal.
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