State Law In


  • What does state law say?

    If it a violation of the law for is the owner or occupant of a public or private place to knowingly allow the consumption of alcohol by an underage person. For owners of a hotel, inn, cabin, campground or restaurant, the standard is to know or have reason to know that alcohol is being consumed by an underage person.

    Public or private place owned or occupied; hotel, inn, cabin, campground, or restaurant.

  • What happens if an adult breaks the law?

    Adults who are charged with this violation face a jail term not to exceed 6 months and/or a fine of $1,000. A violation of this law is a misdemeanor of the 1st Degree.

  • Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

    Not Addressed.

  • Can the adult be sued?

    The State of Ohio has not enacted a law regarding civil penalties for social hosting. In the absence of a statute, courts have found that a social host may be held liable for either the death or injury of a third person caused by an intoxicated minor guest.