State Law In


  • What does state law say?

    A violation occurs if:  1. An adult has authorized the party at the residence and is in attendance. 2.  The adult knows that an underage person possesses or is using an alcoholic beverage or controlled substance . 3. The adult fails to take reasonable action to prevent an underage person from possessing or using an alcoholic beverage or controlled substance.

    According to the law, an adult is a person who may legally possess alcoholic beverages. An adult “having control of a residence” is an adult who attends or sanctions an social gathering at a residence.

    Any home, apartment, condominium, country club, motel, hotel, or any other unit designed for dwelling.

  • What happens if an adult breaks the law?

    Adults who are charged with this violation face a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or a sentence of six months imprisonment in county or city jail.  This is a Class B Misdemeanor.

  • Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

    The violation may be rescinded if the adult took reasonable action, defined as ejecting a person from a residence or requesting law enforcement officials to eject a person from a residence.

  • Can the adult be sued?

    Yes.  Hosts can be sued by a someone who is who is injured by an intoxicated guest, if the host provided alcoholic beverages that caused the intoxication.

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

    They are not specified in the law.