Selling or Furnishing Liquor or Alcohol to Minors in Pennsylvania
When facing any criminal charges, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn your rights and options. We handle the defense of most crimes, including alcohol and drug sale matters. Below you will find the actual text of the Pennsylvania statute governing sale of alcohol to minors under the age of 21 in Pennsylvania. This was current as of July 2010. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense law firm is primarily in the business of fighting for defendants’ rights; we are not in the business of updating websites, but wanted to at least give you some information for educational purposes, only. You should talk to a lawyer for legal advice to fully learn your rights in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. We will explain to you the underage sale crime, possible punishment, and all your options.
§ 6310.1. Selling or furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to minors
(a) OFFENSE DEFINED.– Except as provided in subsection (b), a person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if he intentionally and knowingly sells or intentionally and knowingly furnishes, or purchases with the intent to sell or furnish, any liquor or malt or brewed beverages to a person who is less than 21 years of age.
(b) EXCEPTIONS.– The provisions of this section shall not apply to any religious service or ceremony which may be conducted in a private home or a place of worship where the amount of wine served does not exceed the amount reasonably, customarily and traditionally required as an integral part of the service or ceremony.
(c) MINIMUM PENALTY.– In addition to any other penalty imposed pursuant to this title or other statute, a person who is convicted of violating subsection (a) shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $ 1,000 for the first violation and a fine of $ 2,500 for each subsequent violation. There shall be no authority in any court to impose on an offender any lesser sentence than the minimum sentence mandated by this subsection. No court shall have the authority to suspend any sentence as defined in this section. Nothing in this section shall prevent the sentencing court from imposing a sentence greater than the minimum sentence mandated in this subsection. In no case shall the sentence exceed the maximum sentence prescribed by law.