Know These Alcohol Laws, Policies Before You Drink

Choosing to drink alcohol at a party today can affect your future, and I’m not just talking about that hangover the morning after!

Making informed decisions and weighing the pros and cons before you act is something you can do now to ensure you can have the best future possible.

Check out the laws and policies pertaining to alcohol consumption below so you can make the best decision for yourself when it comes to drinking:

MINOR IN POSSESSION

Drinking under the age of 21:

  • Up to $500 fine / 90 days in jail (or combination)
  • Parents may be notified
  • Student Code of Conduct violation

INMATE OF A DISORDERLY HOUSE

Knowingly participating in illegal activities at house:

  • $250-$500 fine / 6 months in jail (or combination)
  • Student Code of Conduct violation

DISORDERLY HOUSE

Tenant allowing illegal activities or disturbing noise:

  • $250 to $500 fine/six months in jail (or combination)
  • Student Code of Conduct violation with the possibility of probation or suspension, and/or required education

FAKE ID

Possessing false identification:

  • Up to $500/90 days in jail (or combination)
  • Student Code of Conduct violation

PROCURING

Providing alcohol to someone under the age of 21:

  • Up to $1,000 fine/one year in jail (or combination)
  • Student Code of Conduct violation with the possibility of probation or suspension, and/or required education

OBSTRUCTING A PEACE OFFICER

Interfering or obstructing a police investigation:

  • Up to $1,000 fine/one year in jail (or combination)
  • Not eligible for pre-trial diversion
  • Student Code of Conduct violation

DUI

Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs:

  • Mandatory $500 fine
  • Mandatory 7 to 60 days in jail
  • Mandatory six month driver’s license revocation (one year if BAC over 0.15)
  • Student Code of Conduct violation

PUBLIC URINATION

Urinating in public: 

  • Up to $500 fine/six months in jail (or combination)
  • Student Code of Conduct violation

FALSE REPORTING

Lying to law enforcement:

  • Up to $1,000 fine/one year in jail (or combination)
  • Student Code of Conduct violation

It’s also important to remember: 

  1. Some of these violations are eligible for pre-trial diversion. If eligible, average cost of diversion is $275.
  2. Violating the law can result in rescinded graduate school and job offers, fines, court costs, red flags on a background check and more.
  3. It is a university policy violation to possess or drink alcohol in any university residence hall, regardless of your age. It is also a policy violation to be in a room where alcohol is present, event if you are not personally drinking. Know that university policy violations, much like violations of the law have consequences. You can find the potential University Housing consequences clearly outlined in the resident rights and responsibilities.
  4. Student Legal Services may be able help by providing free legal advice. Learn more at http://go.unl.edu/sls

     

Learn more at the Campus Alcohol Risk Education website.

For more information about Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center, visit health.unl.edu.

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