Laws & Consequences

Minor Caught With Alcohol

 If a minor is caught with alcohol he/she is given a ticket.
  • The first time is an infraction with a fine of $136. 
  • Subsequent offenses are subject to fines of $200 to $500. 
  • In addition, the Department of Motor Vehicles is notified and the person loses his/her license for 30 days if on private property and 60 days if on a public street or highway.

Delivery or Providing of Alcohol to a Minor

 If someone delivers or gives alcohol to a minor, he/she is subject to a fine of up to $1,500 and/or 18 months in jail.

Social Hosting

 Social Hosting (allowing minors other than your own child to drink in your home) is illegal.
  • First offense is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a $2,000 fine (as of October 1, 2012). 
  • Subsequent offenses are punishable by fines up to $500 and/or up to one year in jail.

Minors Under the Age of 16

  •  If a minor is under the age of 16, an additional risk of injury can be charged to the person supplying the alcohol. This is a felony.
  • If a minor is caught in a motor vehicle with alcohol, he/she can lose his/her license for up to 60 days.


 Even if not charged, a person who supplies alcohol to youth is at risk of being sued.