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Title 7 : Alcoholic Beverages

Chapter 021 : PENALTIES

(Cite as: 7 V.S.A. § 658)
  • § 658. Sale or furnishing to minors; enabling consumption by minors; minors causing death or serious bodily injury

    (a) A person shall not:

    (1) sell or furnish alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age; or

    (2) knowingly enable the consumption of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21 years of age.

    (b) As used in this section, "enable the consumption of alcoholic beverages" means creating a direct and immediate opportunity for a person to consume alcoholic beverages.

    (c) A person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not less than $500.00 nor more than $2,000.00 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. However, an employee of a licensee or an employee of a State liquor agency, who in the course of employment violates subdivision (a)(1) of this section:

    (1) during a compliance check conducted by a law enforcement officer as defined in 20 V.S.A. § 2358:

    (A) shall be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $100.00 for the first violation, and a civil penalty of not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00 for a second violation that occurs more than one year after the first violation; and

    (B) shall be subject to the criminal penalties provided in this subsection (c) for a second violation within a year of the first violation, and for a third or subsequent violation within three years of the first violation.

    (2) may plead as an affirmative defense that:

    (A) the purchaser exhibited and the employee carefully viewed photographic identification that complied with section 589 of this title and indicated the purchaser to be 21 years of age or older;

    (B) an ordinary prudent person would believe the purchaser to be of legal age to make the purchase; and

    (C) the sale was made in good faith, based upon the reasonable belief that the purchaser was of legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages.

    (d)(1) A person who violates subsection (a) of this section, where the person under 21 years of age, while operating a motor vehicle, snowmobile, vessel, or all-terrain vehicle on a public highway, public land, or public waters, or in a place where a Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) trail maintenance assessment or a Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association (VASA) Trail Access Decal is required, causes death or serious bodily injury to himself or herself or to another person as a result of the violation, shall be imprisoned not more than five years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.

    (2) As used in this subsection:

    (A) "All-terrain vehicle" shall have the same meaning as set forth in 23 V.S.A. § 3501.

    (B) "Public land" means all land in Vermont that is either owned or controlled by a local, State, or federal governmental body.

    (C) "Public waters" shall have the same meaning as in 10 V.S.A. § 1422.

    (D) "Snowmobile" shall have the same meaning as set forth in 23 V.S.A. § 3201.

    (E) "Vessel" shall have the same meaning as set forth in 23 V.S.A. § 3302. (Amended 1981, No. 246 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1997, No. 117 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 1999, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2001, No. 63, § 65a, eff. June 16, 2001; 2017, No. 83, § 114; 2017, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), § 16, eff. May 21, 2018.)