ALCOHOL LAWS YOU SHOULD KNOW
INDIANA ALCOHOL LAWS
As a Purdue student, you are responsible for following local, state and federal laws regarding alcohol. The following information about the Indiana law is current as of publication and not intended to substitute for legal advice. This is not a complete listing of Indiana alcohol laws, but rather, some that may be more relevant to you.
CLASS C INFRACTION
(fine of up to $500 and loss of minor’s driver’s license)
- Misrepresentation of age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages.
- A person under age 21 with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02 to 0.07 who operates a vehicle. In addition, the license may be suspended for up to one year.
CLASS C MISDEMEANORS
(imprisonment for up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500)
- Illegal possession of alcohol by a person younger than 21 years of age who knowingly:
1) possesses an alcoholic beverage;
2) consumes it;
3) transports it on a public highway when not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
- To sell, barter, exchange, provide or furnish an alcoholic beverage to a minor.
- A person younger than 21 years of age present in a tavern, bar or other public place where alcoholic beverages are served. A minor’s license also may be revoked for up to one year.
- Use of falsified documents, such as a fake ID.
CLASS B MISDEMEANORS
(imprisonment for up to 180 days and a fine of up to $1,000)
- Being in a public place or a place of public resort in a state of intoxication caused by the person’s use of alcohol or a controlled substance.
- Knowingly, recklessly or intentionally furnishing alcohol to a minor (for the first offense).
- Renting, providing or arranging a place for minors to consume alcohol (also known as the “Social Host Law”).
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CALL FOR HELP
PURDUE MEDICAL AMNESTY POLICY
In cases of student intoxication and/or alcohol poisoning that happen on Purdue’s campus, on the premises of a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) or at a function sponsored by an RSO, the intoxicated student, as well as the student(s) seeking medical attention for the intoxicated student, will be exempt from disciplinary sanctions related to alcohol consumption.
In circumstances involving an RSO, the willingness of the members involved in seeking medical assistance for the intoxicated person will be viewed as a mitigating factor in the review process for any possible violations.
INDIANA LIFELINE LAW
The Indiana Lifeline Law provides that a person is immune from arrest or prosecution for certain alcohol offenses due to the person:
- reporting a medical emergency;
- being the victim of a sex offense; or
- witnessing and reporting what the person believes to be a crime.
It also establishes a mitigating circumstance for the sentencing of a person convicted of a controlled-substance offense if the person’s arrest or prosecution was facilitated in part because the person requested emergency medical assistance for an individual in need of medical assistance due to the use of alcohol or a controlled substance.
The Indiana Lifeline Law allows a court to defer entering a judgment of conviction for an individual arrested for an alcohol offense if the individual was arrested after a report that the person needed medical assistance because of the use of alcohol if certain conditions are met.
Make the call! Step in to help!
FUN AND SAFE PARTY
REMEMBER, IT’S ILLEGAL TO:
- Sell alcohol, or charge for cups, cover or music without a liquor license.
- Provide a place for minors to consume alcohol (“Social Host Law”).
- Have your own sober security.
- Keep it small and contained.
- Let your neighbors know.
- Don’t let intoxicated people drive.
- Keep illegal drugs out.