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Civil Damages A person who supplies alcohol or drugs to a minor, or who allows alcohol or drugs to be used by a minor when he or she is in a position to prevent that use, may be liable for damages resulting from the minor’s impairment. For example, a person who supplies alcohol to minors or hosts a party where drinking is allowed could be assessed for significant damages if the minor, driving while impaired, should have an accident causing injury to himself or others or to property.Enforcement Policy With the heightened awareness of the problems created by underage individuals’ use of alcohol and other drugs, authorities are not inclined to look the other way at offenses. For example, in come counties, zero tolerance is the procedure. Where underage individuals are consuming alcohol at a party, all those in attendance, whether drinking or not, will be subject to civil citations.

Criminal Penalties-Tobacco All 50 states and DC prohibit the sale of tobacco products to minors. Retailers who sell tobacco products to kids under 18 are subject to fines; as are persons who distribute to or buy tobacco products for kids. More than 44 states also have laws that penalize kids for buying, possessing or using tobacco products with fines, community service, or loss of driving privileges.

Criminal Penalties-Use of Controlled Dangerous Substances In many states “Possession or Sale of Controlled Substances” is classified as a Felony. Penalties range from prison sentences to heavy fines or both. Penalties for “Sale on School Property or Within 1000 Feet of Any School” and “Distribution to Persons Under 18″are severe.

State Forged ID Purchase/Possession of Alcohol By a Minor Purchase/Furnish Alcohol For a Minor Possession of Marijuana
AK Fine up to $5,000, Jail up to 1 yr., DL revoked Purchase/Fine up to $5,000, Jail up to 1 yr., Possession/Fine $100 Fine up to $10,000, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine $1,000, Jail 0-90 days
AL Fine $50-500, Jail up to 3 mo., LS 3-6 mo. Fine $50-500, Jail up to 3 mo., LS 3-6 mo. Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo. Fine up to $2,000, Jail up to 1 yr., LS up to 6 mo.
AR Fine up to $500, Jail up to 90 days, possible probation LS Fine $100-500, and/or probation or essay Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 5 yrs. Fine $1,000, Jail 0-1yr.
AZ Fine up to $2,500, Jail up to 6 mo., LS Fine up to $500, Jail up to 30 days Fine up to $2,500, Jail up to 6 mo. Fine $750-150,000, Jail-probation
CA Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo., LS up to 1 yr., CS 24-32 hrs. Fine $250 and CS up to 32 hrs., LS up to 1 yr. Fine $1,000 CS up to 24 hrs. Fine $1,000, Jail-appear court
CO Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 12 mo. Fine up to $1,000, AE, SAP, LS, Jail, CS Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 12 mo. Fine up to $100, Jail up to 15 days
CT Fine $50-500, Jail up to 30 days, LS Fine $200-500, Jail up to 30 days, LS Fine up to $1,500 and/or Jail up to 18 mo. Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 1 yr.
DE Fine $100-500, Jail up to 30 days Fine up to $100 or LS 30 days Fine up to $500, Jail up to 30 days, CS-40 hrs. Fine $1,150, Jail 0-6 mo.
DC Fine up to $300, Jail up to 30 days, LS up to 1 yr. Fine up to $300, Jail up to 30 days, LS Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 180 days Fine up to $1,000, Jail 0-180 days
FL Fine up to $500, Jail up to 60 days, CS-40 hrs., LS 6 mo. Fine up to $500, Jail up to 60 days, LS up to 1 yr. Fine up to $500, Jail up to 60 days, CS-40 hrs., LS Fine up to $1,000, Jail 0-1 yr.
GA Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 12 mo. Fine up to $300, and/or Jail up to 6 mo., LS Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine $1,000, Jail 0-1 yr.
HI Fine up to $10,000, Jail up to 5 yrs. Under 18-family court, 18-21 petty misd.-penalty varies by county Fine up to $2,000, Jail up to 6 mo. Fine up to $1,000, Jail 0-1 yr.
ID Fine up to $3,000, Jail up to 60 days Fine up to $1,000, LS up to 1 yr., AE, SAP Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 60 days Fine $1,000, Jail 0-1 yr.
IL Fine up to $500, CS up to 25 hrs., LS Fine up to $2,500, Jail up to 12 mo., LS, SAP Fine up to $2,500, Jail up to 12 mo. Fine $500, Jail 0-30 days
IN Fine up to $500, Jail up to 60 days, LS up to 1 yr. Fine up to $500, Jail up to 60 days Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 60 days Fine $5,000, Jail 0-1 yr.,
IA Fine up to $200, LS up to 1 yr. Fine up to $200, LS up to 1 yr., CS Fine up to $500, Jail Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo., rehab. serv.
KS Fine up to $500, CS up to 100 hrs. Fine $200-500, CS-40 hrs., SAP Fine min. $200, Jail Fine $2,500, Jail 0-1 yr.
KY Fine up to $500, Jail up to 1 yr., LS-up to 6 mo., SAP Fine up to $500, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine up to $500, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine $500, Jail 90 days to 1 yr.
LA Fine up to $2,000, CS-30 hrs. Fine up to $250, Jail 6 mo., LS, SAP Fine up to $500, Jail up to 6 mo. Fine $500, Jail 0-6 mo.
ME Fine $100-500 Fine $100-300, CS, LS Fine up to $1,000, Jail Fine $400, Jail 0-1 yr.
MD Fine $500, Jail up to 2 mo., Fake drivers lic. up to 12 points Fine $500, AE, SAP, CS-20 hrs. Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 2 yrs. Fine $1,000, Jail 0-1 yr.
MA Fine $300, LS-180 days Fine up to $300, LS up to 180 days Fine up to $2,000, Jail up to 6 mo. Fine $500, Jail 0-6 mo.
MI Fine up to $100, Jail up to 90 days, LS up to 90 days Fine up to $500, SAP, CS Fine up to $2,500, Jail up to 90 days, CS Fine $1,000, Jail 0-1 yr. or Probation
MN Fine up to $100, LS Fine up to $100 Fine up to $100, CS Fine $200, SAP
MS Fine up to $200, Jail 5-30 days, CS up to 30 days Fine up to $100 Fine up to $2,000, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine up to $1,000, Jail 0-1 yr.
MO Fine $500 Fine $500-1,000, Jail 6 mo.-1yr., LS, SAP Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine $1,000, Jail 0-1 yr.
MT Fine $500 and/or Jail 6 mo., LS 6 mo. Fine up to $100, LS up to 90 days, CS, SAP Fine up to $500, Jail up to 6 mo. Fine $100-500, Jail 0-6 mo.
NE Fine up to $500, Jail up to 3 mo. Fine up to $500, Jail up to 30 days, CS up to 10 days, LS Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine up to $500, Jail up to 7 days, SAP
NV Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo., CS Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo., CS Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo., CS Fine $5,000, Jail 1-4 yrs.
NH Fine up to $500, LS up to 60 days Fine up to $250, LS 90 days – 1 yr. Fine up to $2,000, Jail up to 12 mo. Fine $1,000, Jail 0-1 yr.
NJ Fine up to $500, LS-6 mo., SAP Fine at least $500, LS-6 mo., SAP Fine $500, LS-6 mo. Fine $1,000, Jail 0-6 mo.
NM Fine up to $1,000, Jail 2-5 days, CS-60 hr. Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 60 days, CS up to 50 hrs., SAP LS up to 3 mos., AE. Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 5 days, CS, LS up to 1 yr. Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 1 yr., Eligible for probation.
NY Fine up to $100, CS up to 30 hr., LS up to 3 mo., SAP Fine up to $100, CS up to 30 hr., SAP Fine up to $500, Jail up to 5 days Fine $500, Jail 0-3 mo.
NC Fine at court’s discretion, Jail up to 45 days, LS 1 yr. Fine min. $250 Jail and/or probation, CS up to 25 hrs., LS Fine $2,000 (over 21), Jail 0-2 yrs., CS up to 150 hrs. Jail 30 days-6 mo., CS
ND Fine $1,000, Jail 30 days Fine $1,000, Jail 30 days, AE. Fine up to $2,000, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine $1,000, Jail 0-30 days
OH Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo., LS up to 1 yr., CS Fine $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo., LS up to 1 yr. Fine $500-1,000, Jail up to 6 mo. Fine $250 Jail 0-30 days
OK Fine up to $50, LS 1 yr. or until 21 yrs. of age Fine up to $100 and/or Jail 30 days, SAP, AE, CS 20 hrs. Fine up to $5,000, Jail up to 5 yr., Lic. revoked Fine $500, Jail 0-1 yr.
OR Fine $300, CS, LS-1 yr., SAP if 18-21 yrs. old Fine up to $300, SAP Fine at least $350, Jail at least 30 days Fine $500-1,000
PA Fine up to $300, Jail up to 90 days, AE, LS, SAP Fine $500, LS-90 days, SAP Fine $1,000-2,500, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine $500 and/or Jail up to 30 days
RI Fine $150-1,000, LS-3 mo.-1 yr. Fine $100-500, LS 3 mo. Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo. Fine $200-500, Jail up to 1 yr.
SC Fine $100-200, Jail up to 30 days, LS Fine up to $200, Jail up to 30 days, LS Fine up to $200, Jail up to 30 days, LS Fine $100-200, Jail 0 to 30 days
SD Fine $200, Jail up to 30 days, LS-30 days-1 yr. Fine $200 and/or Jail-30 days, LS-30 days-1 yr., SAP Fine $1,000 and/or Jail 0-1 yr., LS 30 days-1 yr. Fine $100, Jail 0-30 days
TN Fine $50-500, Jail 5-30 days, LS, CS-20 hrs. Fine $50-500, Jail 5-30 days, CS 20 hrs. Fine $50-2,500, Jail 11 mo. 29 days, CS-up to 30 days Fine min. $250, Jail 0-1 yr.
TX Fine $250-2,000, Jail up to 180 days, CS-8-40 hrs., LS, SAP Fine $250-2,000 and/or Jail up to 180 days, CS 8-40 hrs., LS, SAP Fine $250-2,000 and/or Jail up to 180 days, CS 8-40 hrs., LS Fine $2,000, Jail 0-180 days
UT Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo., LS Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo., LS Fine up to $2,500, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo.
VT Fine up to $50 Fine up to $500, Jail up to 30 days Fine $200-1,000, Jail up to 2 yrs. Fine $500 and/or Jail up to 6 mo.
VA Fine $100-500 Fine $500, CS-50 hrs, LS up to 1 yr. Fine $2,500, Jail up to 1 yr. Fine $500, Jail up to 30 days
WA Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 90 days Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 90 days Fine up to $2,500, Jail up to 90 days Fine $1,000, Jail 1-90 days
WV Fine up to $50 and/or Jail 72 hrs. or 1 yr. probation Fine up to $50 and/or Jail 72 hrs. or 1 yr. probation Fine up to $100, Jail up to 10 days Fine $1,000, Jail 90 days to 6 mo.
WI Fine at least $300, CS, LS Fine $250-500, LS, CS Fine up to $500, Jail up to 90 days, LS 3-30 days Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 6 mo.
WY Fine up to $750 and/or jail up to 6 mo. Fine up to $750, Jail 6 mo., LS Fine up to $750, Jail up to 6 mo. Fine up to $1,000, Jail up to 1 yr.

AE- Alcohol Evaluation, CS- Community Service, LS- License Suspension, SAP-Substance Abuse Program

Laws and penalties change and are interpreted and enforced differently even in the same legal jurisdiction. Listed penalties increase with subsequent offenses. Information contained in this report is for informational purposes only. 2001 Special Thanks to Sunanda K. Holmes, Esquire