State Law In


  • What does state law say?

    It is a violation of the law to allow possession or consumption of liquor by a minor.

    Settings covered are places under a person’s control—not specifically defined.

  • What happens if an adult breaks the law?

    Adults who are charged with this violation face a Class D crime with a maximum fine of $2,000 and/or imprisonment with a maximum sentence of 364 days. If the violation involves a minor under the age of 18, then the minimum fine is $1,000. If a second violation occurs within 6 years of the first violation, then the fine is $2,000. Adults face a Class C crime if the consumption of liquor by a minor results in serious bodily injury or death to an individual.

  • Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

    Not addressed.

  • Can the adult be sued?

    A server who recklessly provides liquor to a minor is liable for damages approximately caused by that minor’s consumption of the liquor. “Server” is defined as a person who sells, gives or otherwise provides liquor to an individual. The server’s actual or constructive knowledge of the individual’s age can demonstrate reckless conduct.

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

    Maximum of $350,000 for a single incident, in addition to expenses for medical care and treatment.