The policy topics, below, address statues and regulations related to underage drinking and access to alcohol.
Provision(s) targeting minors:
- Use of a false ID to obtain alcohol is a criminal offense
- No driver's license suspension procedure
Provision(s) targeting retailers:
- State provides incentives to retailers who use electronic scanners that read birthdate and other information digitally encoded on valid identification cards
- Licenses for drivers under age 21 are easily distinguishable from those for drivers age 21 and older
- Specific affirmative defense - the retailer inspected the false ID and came to a reasonable conclusion based on its appearance that it was valid
Keg definition: 6 or more gallons
- possessing an unregistered, unlabeled keg - max. fine/jail: $500 / 3 months
Purchaser information collected:
- purchaser's name and address
- verified by a government-issued ID
Warning information to purchaser: passive – no purchaser action required
Deposit: not required
Provisions do not specifically address disposable kegs
Type(s) of violation leading to driver's license suspension, revocation, or denial:
- Underage possession
Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 21
Authority to impose driver's license sanction
Length of suspension/revocation: 30 days
In addition to the 30 day suspension penalty mentioned in the table above, Connecticut imposes a license suspension of 60 days if underage possession occurs "on any public street or highway." See Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-111e(a), 30-89(b)(1). APIS does not code provisions that apply only when the minor is located on a public street or highway.
Social host law is not specifically limited to underage drinking parties.
Action by underage guest that triggers violation: Possession
Property type(s) covered by liability law:
Standard for hosts' knowledge or action regarding the party: Criminal Negligence
Preventive action by the host negates the violation (see note).
The "preventive action" provision in Connecticut requires the prosecution to prove that the host failed to take preventive action. Effective October 1, 2012, Connecticut permits prosecution of a person who "knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence" permits a minor to possess alcoholic liquor. See Conn. Gen. Stat. § 30-89a. When a statute specifies more than one level of knowledge that may suffice for a social host offense, APIS codes to the lowest or least demanding of such levels.
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