Undercover agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit are taking an active role in enforcing Ohio’s alcohol laws to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe prom season. Agents throughout Ohio will be conducting compliance checks on liquor permit premises, educating Ohio’s high school students through Sober Truth classes, and working with local alcohol coalitions and law enforcement to bring awareness to the dangers of underage drinking.
Parents will be targeted by MADD’s “Parents Who Host Lose The Most” campaign. A person who furnishes alcohol to an underage person is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. The maximum penalty associated with this offense is six months imprisonment or $1,000 fine or both. A social host, therefore, risks being fined and imprisoned when he/she furnishes alcohol to a person who is not 21 years of age. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be in the house – if you are negligent in supervision or permissive you can be charged with social hosting. If you purchase a hotel room, provide a campsite, or have people in your house or on your property you will be held responsible for what happens. [See Furnishing Alcohol to Minors].
Some schools will be employing portable breath testing devices to test students who plan to attend the prom or school related post-prom activities. If you want to see why a portable breath test device is faulty and may result in a false (and devastating) arrest, go HERE. Even if the school does not have your child arrested, they may face school discipline ranging from mandatory counseling to expulsion. The only machines that are certified for evidentiary purposes in Ohio are large machines that are primarily operated at police stations by officers with extensive training. And even then, they are only scientifically rated to detect alcohol over .08% at +/- .02% accuracy. If students could be banned or disciplined for low levels of alcohol, that would be unfair both in terms of scientific validity and due process.
Police will be out in force to break up parties and will step up enforcement via Saturation Patrols and OVI checkpoints. Minor drivers face stricter standards compared with legally allowable blood alcohol levels in adult drivers. A zero tolerance policy means a BAC of 0.02 for minor drivers compared with a 0.08 limit in adult drivers. These laws also establish a more severe punishment for minors,such as fines and jail time if they are convicted of driving under the influence or other alcohol-related charges.
Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.69 contains most of the information concerning underage alcohol possession and use. Penalties are in Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.99. These and other related laws can be found HERE. You can also check out DaytonDUI’s Top Ten Rules for Partying In Ohio. This is a dangerous time for teens and for adults and Ohio is cracking down. Be smart, be safe and have fun.
Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio during prom season and beyond. He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671. You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500. Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog. You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324. “All I do is DUI defense.”
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