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State Law In

Utah

What does state law say?

It is against the law to knowingly serve, aid in the service of, or allows the service of alcohol to an underage person.

DEFINITIONS WITHIN THE LAW:
“Underage drinking gathering” means a gathering of two or more individuals at which an host knowingly serves, aids in the service of, or allows the service of an alcoholic beverage to an underage person; and to which an emergency response provider is required to respond, except for a response related solely to providing medical care at the location of the gathering.

What happens if an adult breaks the law?

Adults who are charged with this violation face graduated sentences. There is a fine of $250 for first offense and double the fine imposed for an immediately preceding citation for each subsequent citation; and the costs for responding not to exceed $1,000.  This is a civil penalty.

Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

Not addressed.

Can the adult be sued?

If a person 21 or older directly gives or otherwise provides an alcoholic product to an individual who the person knows or should have known is under 21 and the underage person becomes intoxicated and causes injury or damage to a third person, then the person giving the alcohol can be held liable for any injury or damage to the third person.

Are there liability limits to the amount of money the adult can be sued for?

Liability limits are not specified. The law does state that a person is liable for any and all injury and damage, except punitive damages.







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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.