Selling alcohol is a serious responsibility. Alcohol is a legal drug that is available only to individuals 21 or older. Your employer, friends, family, and community expect you to help control how this drug is sold.
Here are some reasons that why you should not sell alcohol to minors or visibly intoxicated persons:
- Alcohol is a leading cause of death among young people. If you sell alcohol to a minor, you could share in causing the undue deaths of others.
- If you sell alcohol to minors, you could be held responsible for liabilities, death or damages from alcohol-related accidents.
- What happens if you unknowingly or unintentionally sell alcohol to a minor:
- the first conviction is a Class A Violation with a fine of at least $200
- a second conviction is a specific fine Violation up to $860
- a third conviction is a Class A Misdemeanor with a fine not less than $1,000
- a fourth conviction is a Class A Misdemeanor with a fine not less than $1,000, and a mandatory sentence not less than 30 days in jail
- The most extreme punishment for selling alcohol to a minor or a visibly intoxicated person is a Class A Misdemeanor, which is a criminal offense punishable by fines up to $6,250 and a year of jail.
- If you sell alcohol to a minor or fail to check ID, you will be required to receive additional training before you may continue your current job.
- You may end up with a criminal record that could affect your future.
- State law provides possible increased criminal penalties for those who sell alcohol to minors and who:
- ✓ Have not completed an OLCC-approved seller training program,
- ✓ Don’t have a valid Alcohol Service Permit
It is the employee’s responsibility to keep a record regarding their completion of an OLCC-approved training program. It will be up to the employee to provide such records to the court to be considered for a possible reduced criminal penalty.
For information on finding OLCC-approved seller training programs or how to obtain an alcohol service permit contact your local OLCC office or go to the OLCC website: www.oregon.gov/OLCC and select Seller and Clerk Training Programs.