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State Law In

South Dakota

What does state law say?

No person, acting as a social host, may, knowingly, permit any person under the age of 18 to illegally consume any alcoholic beverage, regardless of the source of the alcoholic beverage, on or at the premises of the person acting as social host.

No person, acting as a social host, may, knowingly, permit any person aged 18, 19, or 20 to illegally consume any alcoholic beverage, regardless of the source of the alcoholic beverage, on or at the premises of the person acting as social host.

What happens if an adult breaks the law?

Class C or Class II misdemenaor.

Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

Law specifically states that it is not a defense of these provisions to show that social host was not present if the host knows consumption by minors would occur.

Can the adult be sued?

A social host who furnishes alcohol is not civilly liable to an injured person (or his or her estate) for any injury suffered, including any action for wrongful death, or property damage suffered because of the person’s intoxication.







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Are there local laws that I should be aware of?

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.