Can I dispense alcoholic beverages to someone if they appear intoxicated, but have a designated driver?

Published 05/13/2008 03:55 PM   |    Updated 05/13/2008 03:55 PM
Can I dispense alcoholic beverages to someone if they appear intoxicated, but have a designated driver?

It is illegal to provide alcoholic beverages to someone you believe to be intoxicated. The law does not make exceptions regarding the operation of a motor vehicle.

Providing alcoholic beverages to a person who is intoxicated is a class B misdemeanor. Upon conviction, a person may be imprisoned for a fixed term of not more than 180 days and fined not more than $1,000. The provider may experience civil liabilities if death and/or injury occur, even to a third party, as a result of this illegal act. In addition, an ATC permit may be revoked as a result of this offense.

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