Maine Revised Statutes

§2051. Prohibited acts by minors

1. Prohibited acts.  A minor may not:
A. Purchase liquor or imitation liquor. The following penalties apply to violations of this paragraph.
(1) A minor who violates this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400 must be adjudged.
(2) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B.
(3) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section 2 or more times commits a civil violation for which a fine of $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B; [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
B. Consume liquor or imitation liquor, except in a home in the presence of the minor's parent, legal guardian or custodian, as defined in Title 22, section 4002. The following penalties apply to violations of this paragraph.
(1) A minor who violates this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400 must be adjudged.
(2) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B.
(3) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section 2 or more times commits a civil violation for which a fine of $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B; [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
C. Have on the minor's person liquor or imitation liquor in any premises licensed for the sale of liquor to be consumed on the premises. The following penalties apply to violations of this paragraph.
(1) A minor who violates this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400 must be adjudged.
(2) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B.
(3) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section 2 or more times commits a civil violation for which a fine of $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B; [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
D. Present or offer to a licensee, the licensee's agent or employee any written or oral evidence of age that is false, fraudulent or not actually the minor's own, for the purpose of:
(1) Ordering, purchasing, attempting to purchase or otherwise procuring or attempting to procure the serving of any liquor or imitation liquor. The following penalties apply to violations of this subparagraph.
(a) A minor who violates this subparagraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400 must be adjudged.
(b) A minor who violates this subparagraph after having previously violated this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $600 must be adjudged, none of which must be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B.
(c) A minor who violates this subparagraph after having previously violated this section 2 or more times commits a civil violation for which a fine of $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B; or
(2) Gaining access to a licensed premise when minors are not allowed. The following penalties apply to violations of this subparagraph.
(a) A minor who violates this subparagraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400 must be adjudged.
(b) A minor who violates this subparagraph after having previously violated this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $600 must be adjudged, none of which must be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B.
(c) A minor who violates this subparagraph after having previously violated this section 2 or more times commits a civil violation for which a fine of $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B; [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
D-1. Have in the minor's possession a false identification card. The following penalties apply to violations of this paragraph.
(1) A minor who violates this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400 must be adjudged.
(2) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B.
(3) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section 2 or more times commits a civil violation for which a fine of $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B; [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
D-2. Sell, furnish or give a false identification card to a minor. The following penalties apply to violations of this paragraph.
(1) A minor who violates this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400 must be adjudged.
(2) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B.
(3) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section 2 or more times commits a civil violation for which a fine of $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B; [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
E. [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (RP); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
E-1. Except as provided in subsection 5, have any liquor or imitation liquor in the minor's possession. The following penalties apply to violations of this paragraph.
(1) A minor who violates this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400 must be adjudged.
(2) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B.
(3) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section 2 or more times commits a civil violation for which a fine of $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B; or [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
F. [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (RP); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
F-1. Except as provided in subsection 5, have in the minor's possession equipment specifically constructed, manufactured or marketed for the purpose of brewing malt liquor or fermenting or making wine. The following penalties apply to violations of this paragraph.
(1) A minor who violates this paragraph commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400 must be adjudged.
(2) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B.
(3) A minor who violates this paragraph after having previously violated this section 2 or more times commits a civil violation for which a fine of $600 must be adjudged, none of which may be suspended except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph B. [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
2. Penalties.  The following apply to the penalties imposed for violations of this section.
A. When a person is adjudged to have committed a first offense under this section, the judge shall inform that person that the fines for the 2nd and subsequent offenses are mandatory and cannot be suspended except as provided in paragraph B. Failure to inform the first offender that subsequent fines are mandatory is not a ground for suspension of any subsequent fine. [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
B. The judge, as an alternative to or in addition to the civil fines required by this subsection, may assign the minor to perform specified work for the benefit of the State, the municipality or other public entity or charitable institution. [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
3. Minor can not be charged with more than one offense.  A minor may not be charged with more than one offense under this section in any given instance in which the same set of facts is involved.
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
4. Illegal possession and illegal transportation.  If a minor is charged with illegal possession under this section, the minor may not be charged with illegal transportation under section 2052.
[ 1997, c. 373, §147 (AMD) .]
5. Exceptions.  A minor is not in violation of subsection 1, paragraph E-1 or F-1 if the minor possesses:
A. Liquor or imitation liquor or equipment described in subsection 1, paragraph F-1 in the scope of the minor's employment; [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
B. Liquor or imitation liquor in a home in the presence of the minor's parent, guardian or custodian, as defined in Title 22, section 4002; or [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
C. Equipment described in subsection 1, paragraph F-1 in the minor's own home under the supervision of the minor's parent, guardian or custodian, as defined in Title 22, section 4002. [2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. P, §4 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1987, c. 45, §A4 (NEW). 1987, c. 342, §§118,119 (AMD). 1987, c. 426, (AMD). 1993, c. 266, §24 (AMD). 1997, c. 373, §§146,147 (AMD). 1999, c. 103, §§1-3 (AMD). 2001, c. 9, §§1,2 (AMD). 2001, c. 160, §1 (AMD). 2003, c. 452, §P4 (AMD). 2003, c. 452, §X2 (AFF).

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