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Supplying alcohol to minors brings fines, jail

By By COLIN SMITH Special to The Ledger | Apr 03, 2013

With high school prom and graduation approaching, the Fairfield Police Department, along with SEIDA, would like to warn people that providing alcohol to minors carries hefty fines and jail time.

Under Iowa Code 123.47, anyone of legal age, other than a licensee or permittee, caught providing alcohol to a person under the legal age commits a serious misdemeanor punishable by a minimum fine of $500.

As these are indictable offenses, anyone caught violating this code section will be arrested and taken to jail.

This also means that a person could be fined multiple times, if multiple underage people are caught in possession of alcohol supplied.

Anyone of legal age, other than a licensee or permitee, who provides alcohol to a person under legal age and a serious injury results to any person, the provider commits an aggravated misdemeanor.

As an example: If a person provides alcohol to an underage person and that underage person gets in a car wreck resulting in any serious injury, the person supplying alcohol will be charged with an aggravated misdemeanor.

Anyone of legal age, other than a licensee or permitee, who provides alcohol to a person under legal age which results in the death of any person, commits a Class D felony.

For example: If anyone involved in the car wreck dies, the person supplying alcohol will be charged with a Class D felony.

Colin Smith is a lieutenant with the Fairfield Police Department.

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