Can A Parent Serve Jail Time For Serving Their Child Alcohol?
Some parents are fairly liberal when it comes to underaged drinking, or think that their children will want to explore and try alcohol. These parents think that it would be better for their children to try alcohol while in the safety of the parents’ home, rather than for their child to go out.
Serving Alcohol to Minors in Athens is IllegalServing alcohol to underaged people and children is not permitted in Georgia under O.C.G.A Section 3-3-23. A person cannot knowingly furnish alcohol to an underaged individual. This includes: Selling alcohol to an underaged person; Buying alcohol for an underaged person; or Giving alcohol to an underaged person.
But There Are ExceptionsHowever, there are limited circumstances in which an individual may give an underaged person alcohol. The specific exceptions to the general rule include: ? Situations where alcohol is part of a medicine, or is used for medical purposes according to the orders of a Georgia licensed doctor (via a prescription), under O.C.G.A Section 3-3-23(b)(1); ? Situations where alcohol is part of a religious ceremony, under O.C.G.A Section 3-3-23(b)(2); and ? Situations where a parent provides alcohol to his or her own child who is under the age of 21 inside of the parent's home when the parent is present, under O.C.G.A Section 3-3-23(c).
A Parent Could Technically Provide Their Own Child With Alcohol In The HomeLegally speaking, a parent can provide his or her own child with alcohol while the child is in the parent's home, and while the parent is present. However, this exception is limited to: 1. A parent's own child; and 2. A parent's home while the parent is present.
But Not Other People's Children And Not Away From The HomeParents can't hand their kid a beer at a picnic at grandma's house, nor can parents provide alcohol to all of their children's friends, for example, at an eighteenth birthday party or high school graduation party. Georgia has laws concerning social host liability, through Georgia's Dram Shop Act, that can land parents who provide alcohol to other's children and teens in jail. Additionally, many municipalities and cities in Georgia have ordinances that call for a complete prohibition on providing alcohol to underaged individuals. If you are facing social host liability or criminal charges for providing alcohol to underaged individuals in Athens, Georgia, you'll need the guidance of an experienced Georgia criminal defense lawyer.