Office of the City Attorney
The City Attorney’s Office takes seriously its duty to protect our citizens from harm, including the dangers created by underage drinking.
Providing alcohol to minors is reckless and it puts lives at risk. Our Office prosecutes adults who illegally furnish minors with alcohol, whether that person is a bartender, family member, friend, or significant other. We will seek the maximum penalties allowed.
Even parents who legally provide alcohol to their children should be aware of the risks involved. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that youth who start drinking before age 15 years are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse than those who begin drinking at or after age 21 years.
We invite you to review the resources linked below. From them you will learn:
Immediately notify a store manager or employee, or contact law enforcement if you see an underage person consuming alcohol in a bar or restaurant.
Immediately notify a store manager or employee, or contact law enforcement if you are solicited by a minor outside a liquor store, or see another customer purchasing alcohol for a minor. It is the legal responsibility of all employees of a retail liquor store to ensure that liquor products are not sold to minors.
Contact law enforcement if you see a neighbor hosting a house party and you believe minors are consuming alcohol.