Michigan Liquor Control Commission Suspends Three Sons Enterprises for 270 Days

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January 29, 2018 - At the Michigan Liquor Control Commission hearing yesterday in Southfield, MI, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) ordered the suspension of the liquor license and permits held by Three Sons Enterprises located at 5740 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI.

Under MCL 436.1903(1), the Commission is required to impose a suspension or revocation of the liquor license if a licensee is found liable for three or more violations of MCL 436.1801(2) -- sales of alcohol to minors and sales of alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons -- on different occasions within a 24-month period. The most recent violations that caused the penalty hearing include:

  • On July 13, 2016, the licensee sold or furnished alcohol to a 20-year old minor.
  • On Aug. 6, 2016, the licensee sold or furnished alcohol to a 20-year old minor.
  • On Dec. 30, 2016, the licensee sold or furnished alcohol to a 20-year old minor.
  • On May 12, 2017, the licensee sold or furnished alcohol to a 20-year old minor.

At the hearing yesterday, after consideration of everything in the file and on the record, and after deliberation, the Commission ordered:

  • A 270-day suspension, starting Friday, February 2, 2018.
  • Not concurrently with the 270-day suspension – and immediately after the 270-day suspension concludes – the licensee shall serve a three-day suspension that was ordered because of their most recent violation that they haven’t served yet.
  • On or prior to the last day of suspension, the licensee shall appear before the Commission at a show cause hearing so the Commission can determine the status of the license and consider what, if any, additional actions should be taken against the license, whether it be suspension, revocation, or any other action.

Three Sons Enterprises has been licensed by the MLCC since May 20, 1996 and has been found responsible for a total of ten violations in that time. In 2016, the licensee was found responsible for failure to cooperate with law enforcement during the course of an investigation of the licensed premises. The licensee closed the business and placed the licenses and permits in escrow on September 15, 2017.

"Part of the Commission's legal responsibility is conducting these penalty hearings in order to suspend or revoke licenses, but also to make sure the health, safety, and welfare of the public is protected," said MLCC Chairman Andy Deloney. "According to the state liquor control code, the Commission is required to suspend or revoke a license in a situation like this. After reviewing the file and considering the entirety of the record, the Commission felt that this suspension was appropriate."

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