Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, June 19, 2009

06-19-09 Citations issued for those who buy alcohol for minors

06-19-09 Citations issued for those who buy alcohol for minors

Boise June 19th, 2009 - Boise Police issue citations to adults who buy alcohol for minors in Boise.

   Last night Boise Police cited 6 individuals for buying alcohol for minors who were assisting police. In addition to the charges for entering stores to purchase alcohol for the minors and then delivering it to them, several of the individuals were cited for other charges including driving on a suspended license. 


Interesting items of note:

-We had two different people exit the store after their business was complete, then re-enter and purchase alcohol for the minors.

-Both minors were female under the age of 18 years, and clearly looked under 21 years of age.

-Many people who didn't purchase alcohol for the minors still told them "good luck" when they left.

-Many of the people cited had additional charges with the purchase of alcohol.

-Two different people purchased the alcohol with their own money, and didn't even want the minors to buy it.

-Several of the drinks purchased were alcoholic energy drinks



Penalties of providing alcohol to underage youth:

• A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth will face fines between $500 and $1,000 plus up to one year in jail.

• A person who sells or furnishes alcohol a second time will face a fine between $1,000 and $2,000 and up to one year in jail.


Penalties/Laws on underage alcohol use or possession:

• It is illegal for those under 21 to drink, buy, possess, transport or have open alcohol. Penalties for a minor in possession of alcohol: 1st offense = fine up to $1,000 and up to one year drivers license suspension.

• It is illegal to have a fake ID to purchase alcohol. Penalty is a general misdemeanor: up to $1,000 fine, 6 months in jail.

• Those who refuse alcohol tests when driving a motor vehicle and stopped by a law enforcement officer could lose their license and get points on their driving record.

• In Idaho, people under age 21 who are found with a blood alcohol level of .02 - .07 face charges of Underage Driving Under the Influence with a 1st offense maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a one year drivers license suspension.


Dangers of Underage Drinking:

It's well documented, underage drinking can lead to tragedy. Underage drinking is a factor in the 4 leading causes of death in people ages 10 to 24: motor

vehicle crashes, unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide.

Underage alcohol use can be prevented. Research shows teens are less likely to drink alcohol when access is difficult, both in the home and in the community,

and parents explain that they expect "no use" before age 21 and monitor their children's activities.

Research shows underage youth are less likely to drink and drive when the zero tolerance laws and consequences are publicized and enforced.


For more information on Preventing Underage drinking, go to:



• (Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth)


Anyone who sees this type of illegal activity or has information is urged to call crime stoppers at 343-COPS.

Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information