Parents who host lose the most!!Don't be a party to teenage drinking. It's against the law.Underage Drinking LawsWhat parents should know:- As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen's friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent's permission.- You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.If you break the law:- You can face a maximum sentence of one year in jail and/or a $1000.00 fine.- Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves or damage property.- Officers can take any alcohol, money or property used in committing the offense.Things you can do as a parent:- Refuse to supply alcohol to children other than your own in your home or on your property.- Be at home when your teen has a party.- Make sure that alcohol is not brought into your home by your teen's friends.- Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending.- Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens will feel welcome.- Report underage drinking by calling the anonymous, toll-free hotline at 1-866-UNDER21.CRIMINAL LIABILITY
New York Penal Law
In addition to civil liability which may be imposed on an adult who serves or causes a minor to be served intoxicating liquors, that adult also faces criminal charges under New York Penal Law section 260.20(4).A person is guilty of unlawfully dealing with a child when:4. He gives or sells or causes to be given or sold any alcoholic beverages, as defined by section 3 of the alcohol beverage control law, to a person less than twenty-one years old; except that this subdivision does not apply to the parent of guardian of such a person.
Unlawfully dealing with a child is a Class B misdemeanor. Class B misdemeanors carry a possible penalty of up to 90 days in prison and/or a fine of up to $500.Alcoholic Beverage Control Law1. Alcoholic Beverage Control Law 65-b(1)(c)A court may impose a One Hundred ($100.00) dollar fine and/or community service and or require the completion of an alcohol awareness program on any person who attempts to obtain alcohol with fraudulent proof of age.2. Alcoholic Beverage Control Law 65-b(3)A court may suspend a person's drivers license for ninety (90) days if the license is altered to attempt to purchase alcohol.3. Alcoholic Beverage Control Law 65-cA person under the age of twenty-one who possesses an alcoholic beverage with the intent to consume such beverage will be subject to $50.00 fine. In addition, the alcohol may be confiscated by a police officer or a peace officer.Report illegal purchase or consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors by dialing 1-866-UNDER21.