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State Law In

Wisconsin

What does state law say?

No adult may knowingly permit or fail to take action to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol beverages by an underage person on premises owned by the adult or under the adult’s control.

SETTINGS COVERED:
Premises owned by the adult or under the adult’s control.

What happens if an adult breaks the law?

Adults who are charged with this violation face graduated sentences.  The first offense carries a maximum fine of $500. A second violation within 30 months carries a maximum fine of $500 and/or imprisonment for a maximum of 30 days. A third violation within 30 months carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or imprisonment for a maximum of 90 days.  A fourth violation within 30 months carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or imprisonment of a maximum of 9 months.  This is a violation.

Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

Not addressed.

Can the adult be sued?

A person is civilly liable for injuries caused to a third party, if a person provides alcoholic beverages to an underage person;  knew or should have known that the underage person was under the legal drinking age; and if the alcohol beverages provided to the underage person were a substantial factor in causing injury to a 3rd party.

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

Not specified.







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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.