New Law Targets Adults Who Allow Underage Drinking
Violators of the social host law, which takes effect on January 1, 2013, will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and subject to a fine of not less than $500.00 when they knowingly authorize or permit underage drinking in their home.
According to a release from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, if this activity results in great bodily harm or death to any person, the individual is subject to a Class 4 felony. A person will not be in violation if they have taken all reasonable steps to prevent this activity from occurring. Also, no charges will be filed if assistance is requested from law enforcement after discovery of the illegal activity.
States with this law:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, South Carolina, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine (courtesy of MADD)