EXPANSION OF CURRENT LAW WHICH PENALIZES ADULTS FOR ALLOWING UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION

An expansion in current Illinois law, effective Jan. 1, 2015, will make it unlawful for any parent or guardian to knowingly permit his or her residence, any other private property under his or her control, or any vehicle, conveyance, or watercraft under his or her control to used by an invitee (person invited to the property) of the parent’s child or guardian’s child under the age of 21, to consume alcohol.

If the parent or guardian knowingly authorizes or permits the consumption of alcohol by the underage invitee, then that person could face a Class A misdemeanor charge (up to 364 days in jail and $2500 fine) and a fine of not less than $500.  If the violation results in great bodily harm or death to any person, the person who was charged with authorizing or permitting the consumption could face a Class 4 felony (1-3 years in prison and up to $25,000 fine).

If you have questions about this law or have a different legal matter regarding personal injury, workers’ compensation, family or criminal law that you would like to discuss, please call the Law Office of Keith Short.  618-254-0055

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