Alcohol law will handle cases that fall under criminal, administrative, and personal injury involving alcoholic beverages. Laws will be governed by state and local laws, but in cases of issues such as importation, taxation, labeling, and advertising of alcoholic beverages are dealt under the federal legal system. Here are the main categories of alcohol law.
Driving under the influence of alcohol – All people are subject to laws prohibiting operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The laws will categorize the level of the DUI on the basis of the defendant’s blood alcohol level. The legal limit for non-commercial drivers is .08%.
Minors and alcohol – Persons under the age of 21 who drink, are faced with criminal charged for purchasing, possessing, or consuming even a single alcoholic beverage. In some cases, courts have reduced the charges if the minor consumed alcohol at home in the presence of their parents.
Public intoxication – This is a broad prohibition, which is designed to reduce the consumption of alcohol in excess to curb disturbance to public peace. In some cases, adults can be charged with carrying an open container of alcohol or for buying alcohol for a minor.
Business Licensing Issues – States will require businesses to maintain a liquor license to sell alcohol. For most businesses like a tavern, restaurant, liquor store, or another such enterprise, maintaining their liquor license is crucial to stay in business. Governments have many reasons to approve or deny a liquor license to any enterprise.