Nevada law prohibits minors from possessing or consuming alcohol, except under limited circumstances such as for religious purposes. There are also laws that aim to keep alcohol out of the hands of minor children. Many of the laws related to minors and alcohol are found within Chapter 202 of Title 15, which is the chapter of Nevada’s criminal code that deals with crimes against public health and safety.
If you are accused of violating any of the laws in connection with minors and alcoholic substances, you could face serious charges and penalties that affect your future. You should reach out to a dedicated and experienced criminal defense lawyer for help in fighting charges or reducing penalties.
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Within Chapter 202, there is a subsection of offenses related to alcoholic beverages. In this subsection, the Nevada Revised Statute section 202.055 details the offense of the sale or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to minors. This statute also addresses the crime of helping minors to buy or procure alcoholic beverages and establishes policies to prevent minors from obtaining alcoholic beverages by using the Internet.
According to N.R.S. 202.055, it is a misdemeanor offense to sell or furnish any alcoholic beverages to any person who is under the age of 21. It is also a misdemeanor offense to leave or deposit any alcoholic beverage in any location with the intent that the alcoholic beverage left in that location will be procured by someone who is under the age of 21. However, this provision does not apply if the person who obtains alcohol for the minor is a parent, a guardian, or a physician of the person who is under the age of 21.
The statute also makes it a misdemeanor crime to furnish, give, or cause any money or any item of value to a person who is under the age of 21 with the knowledge the money or valuable item will be used by the underaged person to purchase or procure alcoholic beverages of any type.
Those who sell, give or furnish alcoholic beverages over the Internet have certain obligations to ensure alcohol does not fall into the hands of minors. As N.R.S. 202.055 explains, any person who sells alcohol through the Internet must adopt a policy that prevents someone under the age of 21 from obtaining an alcoholic beverage through an Internet purchase.
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The policy is required to include a limitation that anyone who is delivering alcoholic beverages must obtain a signature from someone who is 21 or over. The policy must also include provisions to ensure that all packages shipped that contain alcohol are clearly marked in a manner that indicates their contents.
If a person who sells alcohol over the Internet fails to establish an appropriate policy in compliance with N.R.S. 202.055, that individual could be charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense and punished by up to a $500 fine.
Nevada defense attorneys at LV Criminal Defense can provide the assistance required to fight charges related to providing alcohol to a minor. Our legal team will work with you to try to reduce the chances of conviction on this misdemeanor charge or to try to lessen the potential penalties that you could face through the negotiation of a favorable plea agreement. To find out more about how we can help, give us a call today.