Two-Beers

When a child is accused of committing a crime, their academic career and future can be negatively impacted. It is important for children and their families to have a basic understanding of the risks associated with underage drinking due to the seriousness of these charges. If your child is on the receiving end of underage drinking-related charges in Connecticut, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

Common Underage Drinking Charges

  • Providing Alcohol to a Minor

Connecticut General Statutes § 30-86 prohibits the sale or delivery of alcoholic beverages to minors. [1] This charge is a Class E felony, which is punishable by up to 3 years in prison and up to a $3,500 fine. [2]

  • Social Hosting

Connecticut General Statutes § 30-89a addresses the issue of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol in a dwelling unit or on a private property, or failing to stop such possession. [3] This is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 1 year in prison and up to a $2,000 fine. [2]

  • Minor in Possession

Connecticut General Statutes § 30-89 states that the possession of alcohol by a minor in public or private locations is prohibited and punishable by a fine of $200-$500. [4]

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[1] https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_545.htm#sec_30-86

[2] https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/rpt/pdf/2021-R-0123.pdf

[3] https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_545.htm#sec_30-89a

[4] https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_545.htm#sec_30-89