As an Arizona resident, you know it’s against the law to drink and
drive. You may not know the specifics, but you have a pretty good idea
that if you consume alcohol and drive, you’ll face jail time and
fines, and you’ll have to equip any vehicle you drive with an Ignition
Interlock Device (IID). You may also have to undergo alcohol screening,
education, and treatment depending on the facts of the case.
But an Arizona charge for
driving under the influence (DUI) is only the beginning of the state’s alcohol-related offenses
– the tip of the iceberg so to speak. There are a number of other
alcohol offenses that can get you in BIG trouble. In light of that, here
are 8 alcohol-related offenses you may not know about in Arizona:
Section 4-244 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, the following are unlawful acts:
- It’s illegal to buy for resale or sell “spirituous liquors”
in Arizona without a license.
- It’s illegal for an establishment to employ someone under the age
of eighteen in any capacity dealing with spirituous liquors. For example,
a 17-year-old cannot sell alcohol at a convenience store, nor can they
take orders for alcoholic beverages at a restaurant or bar.
- It’s illegal for employees to consume alcohol while serving at a
licensed establishment. For example, a server, cocktail waitress, or bartender
cannot consume alcohol while serving customers.
- While an employee is working for a licensed establishment, it’s illegal
for them to give or purchase alcohol for any other person.
- It’s illegal for someone who works at a licensed establishment to
serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person, or someone who is being
- It is illegal for someone at a licensed establishment or a place that sells
alcohol to sell or provide spirituous liquor to a patron between the hours
of 2:30 and 6:00 am.
- It is illegal in Arizona to consume spirituous liquor in public, unless
the person is drinking on the premises of a licensed establishment. Sorry,
this is not Las Vegas!
- It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume spirituous liquor
in the State of Arizona.
What Counts As Spirituous Liquor?
You may be wondering what counts as “spirituous liquor” in
Arizona? Under Sec. 4-101(32) of the Arizona Revise Statutes,
it includes all types of alcohol you’d be able to buy from a liquor
store, such as beer, wine, whisky, rum, tequila, gin, and so forth.
To learn more about Arizona’s liquor laws, check out the Arizona
Department of Liquor’s
website. To fight your alcohol-related charges in Phoenix or Tempe,
contact the Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson, PLC today.