As a parent, it is against the law to provide alcohol to teens under age 21 under any circumstances, even in your own home, even with their parents’ permission. It is illegal to knowingly provide a place for a person under the age of 21 to consume or possess alcohol or to allow this to occur on your premises, even if you haven’t provided the alcohol itself.

According to the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney: With minors 18 years of age or older, you could face a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. With minors UNDER the age of 18, you could face a maximum sentence of up to 1 year in jail and a $5000 fine. Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves or damage property. Officers can take any alcohol, money or personal property used in conjunction with the offense.

Report underage drinking parties to local law enforcement: Scott County Sheriff’s Department Anonymous Tip Line (812) 752-7898.