Category: Legal

Giving Alcohol to a Minor (or Providing or Supplying It)

Giving alcohol to a minor can seem harmless, especially when the quantity is small. However the negative consequences to the person who supplies it can be both serious and permanent. Students preparing for some careers may be blocked if they are found guilty of unlawfully dealing with a minor or similar charge. Such a conviction …

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Stings for Underage Alcohol Sales (Compliance Checks)

Compliance checks or stings for underage alcohol sales are very popular. However, to be legal, they must be done without entrapment. Basically, entrapment is inducing people to commit a crime they are not “predisposed” to commit and would not ordinarily commit. The Department of Justice stresses that “Entrapment is a complete defense to a criminal charge.”1 …

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Open House Party Hosting, Manslaughter, & Criminal Negligence

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Open house party hosting can be dangerous to both finances and freedom. Most states permit parents to serve their own children alcohol. However, it is illegal to do so with the offspring of others. Even when they give permission. A prosecutor in Florida ran for office on a promise to crack down on open house …

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Underage Alcohol Sales Entrapment Stings

underage alcohol sales entrapment

Entrapment is illegal because it is an attempt to induce law-abiding citizens into in crimes that they would not otherwise have committed. It tricks and deceives the innocent into breaking the law. For that reason, it is a federal crime. In the words of the U.S. Supreme Court, entrapment “deserves the severest condemnation.” Therefore, underage …

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Lower the Drinking Age to 18? (Yes Says Expert and Here’s Why)

Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan explains why we should lower the drinking age to 18. That’s the age at which young people become adults.   My colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health, where I studied preventive medicine, deserve praise for their study on teenage drinking. What they found in their survey of college students was …

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Fake ID Cards (A Symptom of a Problem, Not a Cause)

Fake ID cards are often used by those under the age of 21 to buy alcohol in the U.S.  These cards have become both very popular and highly sophisticated. Persons under the age of 21 are buying and creating millions of fake driver’s licenses. This is despite holograms and other security features designed to reduce …

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Alcohol Facts in States across the U.S. (Trivia & Fun Facts)

alcohol facts in states

There are many strange and surprising alcohol facts in states across the U.S. They largely reflect cultural ambivalence over the proper role of alcohol and drinking in society. For example, Repeal of National Prohibition (1920-1933) occurred long ago. Yet there are many dry (prohibition) counties in the country. In fact, almost one of every five …

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No Dirty Bastard is Allowed in Alabama (Illegal to Sell the Beer Brand)

Dirty Bastard beer is banned in Alabama but Fat Bastard wine isn’t. That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?The argument of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board is simple. The word “bastard” is a profanity. And the ABC bans profanity from alcoholic beverage labels. Alabama officials not only permit the sale of Fat Bastard wine …

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Legal Proof about Intoxication Can be Important, Even Essential

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Unfortunately, legal proof about intoxication can be very important. In some cases it can make a big difference in your life. If you are a plaintiff you might need to prove that a driver’s low blood alcohol concentration (BAC) impaired her. For example, that it was high enough to cause reduced peripheral vision. As a …

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