It is illegal in Missouri for a person to sell, give away, or supply any intoxicating liquor to a person younger than 21 years of age. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor supplying liquor to a minor charge, you could be facing up to $1000 in fines and potential jail time. There are a few exceptions, as it can be a complicated charge. As such, it is crucial to seek the counsel of a lawyer experienced with these cases.
Misdemeanor Supplying Liquor to a Minor Statue
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- Any licensee under this chapter, or his employee, who shall sell, vend, give away or otherwise supply any intoxicating liquor in any quantity whatsoever to any person under the age of twenty-one years, or to any person intoxicated or appearing to be in a state of intoxication, or to a habitual drunkard, and any person whomsoever except his parent or guardian who shall procure for, sell, give away or otherwise supply intoxicating liquor to any person under the age of twenty-one years, or to any intoxicated person or any person appearing to be in a state of intoxication, or to a habitual drunkard, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, except that this section shall not apply to the supplying of intoxicating liquor to a person under the age of twenty-one years for medical purposes only, or to the administering of such intoxicating liquor to any person by a duly licensed physician. No person shall be denied a license or renewal of a license issued under this chapter solely due to a conviction for unlawful sale or supply to a minor when serving in the capacity as an employee of a licensed establishment.
- Any owner, occupant, or other person or legal entity with a lawful right to the exclusive use and enjoyment of any property who knowingly allows a person under the age of twenty-one to drink or possess intoxicating liquor or knowingly fails to stop a person under the age of twenty-one from drinking or possessing intoxicating liquor on such property, unless such person allowing the person under the age of twenty-one to drink or possess intoxicating liquor is his or her parent or guardian, is guilty of a class B misdemeanor. Any second or subsequent violation of this subsection is a class A misdemeanor.
- It shall be a defense to prosecution under this section if:
(1) The defendant is a licensed retailer, club, drinking establishment, or caterer or holds a temporary permit, or an employee thereof;
(2) The defendant sold the intoxicating liquor to the minor with reasonable cause to believe that the minor was twenty-one or more years of age; and
(3) To purchase the intoxicating liquor, the person exhibited to the defendant a driver’s license, Missouri nondriver’s identification card, or other official or apparently official document, containing a photograph of the minor and purporting to establish that such minor was twenty-one years of age and of the legal age for consumption of intoxicating liquor.
Penalty of Conviction
If you are convicted of selling or supplying alcohol to a minor you can be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to $1,000 in fines and up to 1 year in jail. Someone who finds a minor is drinking or possessing intoxicating liquor on the property but fails to stop the activity may face up to $500 in fines and up to 6 months in prison for a first offense. Second violators face up to $1000 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.