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Maine LawsFor Teens: Illegal Possession
It is a civil violation* for any person under the age of 21 to possess liquor or imitation liquor except if it is within the scope of their employment or in their home in the presence of their parent. Fines for illegal possession are as follows:
Illegal Transportation of Liquor
No person under the age of 21 shall transport alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle except in the scope of their employment or at the request of their parent. The penalties for illegal transportation are:
Note: You cannot be charged for both possession and transportation for the same violation. Law enforcement must charge for transportation when a minor is caught driving with alcohol in the motor vehicle.
The Teen OUI Law (Zero Tolerance)
Furnishing Liquor or Imitation Liquor to a Minor
Negligent conduct is defined as service liquor to someone you know is a minor or intoxicated as defined by law.
Reckless conduct is the intentional serving of liquor to a minor or a visibly intoxicated person when the server knows and conscieously disregards an obvious and substantial risk that serving liquor to that person will cause physical harm to the drinker or to others.
If you are sued as a result of providing alcohol to a minor or visibly intoxicated person, which is a violation of the law, your homeowner's insurance will not protect you.
Allowing minors other than your own children to drink alcohol in your home (even if you do not supply the alcohol) is a criminal offense, which may result in fines or even jail sentencing.
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