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State Law In

Connecticut

What does state law say?

It is against the law to knowingly permits any minor to possess alcoholic liquor.

DEFINITIONS WITHIN THE LAW:
Person means natural person including partners but shall not include corporations, limited liability companies, joint stock companies or other associations of natural persons.


SETTINGS COVERED:
Setting covered include dwelling units or private property.

What happens if an adult breaks the law?

Class A misdemeanor.

Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

A host may rescind the violation if they made reasonable efforts to halt possession of alcohol by minors. Reasonable efforts could include: talking to to the minor; taking away the alcohol; contacting the minor’s parents; or contacting the police.

Can the adult be sued?

The State of Connecticut has not enacted a law regarding civil penalties for social hosting.  In the absence of a statute, the Supreme Court found that, in the case of minors, a social host is liable to the minor served or to innocent third parties injured the damage caused is related to the host serving alcohol.







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It is possible. Check with your local municipality since there are some communities that enact additional local ordinances which can include fines and other penalties.