Selling Alcohol to Minors Is a Serious Crime

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The team here at the Law Office of James Novak has spent a good amount of time on this blog looking at DUI defense strategies and other matters related to drunk driving law. By discussing these matters in some detail, we feel that we are doing a service to current and potential clients based in the greater Phoenix and Tempe area.

Of course, motorists are not the only people who may be charged for alcohol-related crimes. Sometimes store owners and bartenders may be charged with providing minors with alcohol. Let's consider these kinds of cases right now.

Providing Alcohol to a Minor Is a Serious Crime

Whether it's accidental or intentional, providing alcohol to a minor is a violation of the law. Only people who are aged 21 or older can be in possession of an alcoholic beverage, and those who provide minors with alcoholic beverages will be held accountable for their actions by the state.

Different Kinds of Offenses to Keep In Mind

Providing alcohol to a minor covers different kinds of offenses, such as selling alcohol to a minor, purchasing alcohol for a minor, giving alcohol to someone who is underage, and providing alcohol to minors at a function in a private residence.

Penalties for Providing Alcohol to Minors

The following penalties are faced by those who provide alcohol to people who are underage:

  • Fines of up to $2,500 with additional surcharges
  • Up to six months in jail
  • The offense remains on your criminal record for life
  • Potential suspension of liquor license

Keep in mind that you may also be held liable for any injuries or property damage that results from the sale of alcohol to a minor if the minor is involved in an auto accident or other serious incident.

Tips for Preventing Accidental Sale to Minors

If you own a bar, convenience store, or a liquor store, there are several things that you can do in order to prevent the sale of alcohol to a minor.

First of all, it's a good idea to thoroughly check any purchaser's ID, which means comparing the face in the ID photo to the person who is buying the alcohol. Ask the purchaser his or her age and date of birth. An incorrect response may be the sign of a fake ID or borrowed ID, and you'd be surprised how such a simple question can throw someone off who is underage. As for other valid ID if the provided ID seems suspect in any way.

Legal Options If You Are Accused of Providing to a Minor

If you have been accused of selling alcohol to a minor, it's important that you have skilled attorneys on your side to help you with your case. Our team will be sure to carefully consider your case and all of the circumstances involved and help you avoid major penalties when possible. We will strive to minimize damage to your business and your reputation and help you make wise choices about all such matters related to alcohol laws.

Speak with Our Criminal Defense Attorneys

For more information about your legal options following an alcohol-related crime of any kind, it's important that you contact our criminal defense attorneys today. Our legal team will make sure that you receive a fair hearing and that all evidence is carefully considered in your case.

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