Underage Drinking

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

Laws that prohibit furnishing minors with alcohol and various statutory exceptions to these laws.

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Changes Over Time for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
Jurisdiction Date Range Furnishing
Prohibited
Exceptions
Alcohol Furnished By
Exceptions
Location
Affirmative
Defense:
Minor Not
Charged
Citations
Parent /
Guardian
Spouse In Any
Private
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Residence
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Guardian's
Home Only
NM (New Mexico)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/1998Yes      1 Citations
NM (New Mexico)

In New Mexico between July 1, 1998, and June 30, 2004, furnishing of alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 was specifically allowed when "a parent or legal guardian of a minor serve[d] alcoholic beverages to that minor on real property, other than licensed premises, under the control of the parent or legal guardian.” See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 60-7B-1(B).

7/1/1998 - 6/30/2004YesOnly in combination with another exception Only in combination with another exception   2 Citations
NM (New Mexico)

In New Mexico beginning July 1, 2004, furnishing of alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 is specifically allowed when "a parent, legal guardian or adult spouse of a minor serves alcoholic beverages to that minor on real property, other than licensed premises, under the control of the parent, legal guardian or adult
spouse,” or when "alcoholic beverages are used in the practice of religious beliefs." See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 60-7B-1(B).

7/1/2004 - 1/1/2017YesOnly in combination with another exceptionOnly in combination with another exceptionOnly in combination with another exception   2 Citations
OR (Oregon)
1/1/1998 - 12/31/2009YesYes     1 Citations
OR (Oregon)
1/1/2010 - 1/1/2017YesOnly in combination with another exception  Only in combination with another exception  2 Citations
RI (Rhode Island)
1/1/1998 - 6/27/2006Yes      2 Citations
RI (Rhode Island)
6/28/2006 - 1/1/2017YesYes     4 Citations
VA (Virginia)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2005Yes      2 Citations
VA (Virginia)

Prior to July 1, 2005, Virginia’s law allowing any person to keep or possess alcoholic beverages “in his residence for his personal use or that of his family” was not specific to minors and therefore did not meet the criteria for an exception in this policy topic. With the passage of legislation effective July 1, 2005, however, this exception was incorporated in a new underage furnishing provision and now meets the criteria for coding the Parent / Guardian and Spouse exceptions to underage furnishing, when the alcohol is provided by a person “in his residence.”

7/1/2005 - 1/1/2017YesOnly in combination with another exceptionOnly in combination with another exception Only in combination with another exception  5 Citations