Furnishing Alcohol To Minors Here In Michigan
Pursuant to MCL 436.1701 it is a criminal misdemeanor for a person who knowingly sells or found furnishing alcohol to minors or failing to make a diligent inquiry as to whether the person is a minor here in the state of Michigan. The statute makes a difference between individuals who are licensees and those who are not, both obtaining different punishments if convicted, if found guilty of furnishing alcohol to minors.
“[A] person who is not a retail licensee or a retail licensee’s clerk, agent, or employee and who violates MCL 436.1701 is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 and imprisonment for not more than 60 days for a first offense, a fine of not more than $2,500.00 and imprisonment for not more than 90 days for a second or subsequent offense, and may be ordered to perform community service.” MCL 436.1701(1). A second or subsequent conviction of furnishing alcohol to minors will result in driver’s license sanctions.
Those that hold licenses and found guilty of furnishing alcohol to minors be subjected to misdemeanor sanction, or up-to 6-months in jail and/or a $500.00 fine. See generally, MCL 436.1909 and MCL 436.1701. It should also be said that for an individual to be guilty of furnishing alcohol to minors he or she must have done so with intent, meaning they knew they were under the legal drinking age, or had failed to make diligent effort into whether the person was a minor or of legal age. Furnishing alcohol to minors can lead to a criminal record, and if convicted multiple times will affect your driver’s license. Therefore, it is essential to know the law, know your rights, and lawyer-up with Josh Jones. He has your back when you are faced with criminal charges. Call him 7-days a week; he is here to help.
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