33:1-81. It shall be unlawful for:
(a) A person under the legal age for
purchasing alcoholic beverages to enter any premises licensed for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of purchasing, or having served or
delivered to him or her, any alcoholic beverage; or
(b) A person under the legal age for purchasing alcoholic beverages to consume any alcoholic beverage
on premises licensed for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages, or to purchase, attempt to purchase or have another purchase for him any alcoholic beverage;
(c) Any person to misrepresent or misstate his age, or the age of any other person for the purpose of inducing any licensee or any employee of any
licensee, to sell, serve or deliver any alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age for purchasing alcoholic beverages; or
(d) Any person to
enter any premises licensed for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of purchasing, or to purchase alcoholic beverages, for another person
who does not because of his age have the right to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this
section shall be deemed and adjudged to be a disorderly person, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500.00. In
addition, the court shall suspend or postpone the person's license to operate a motor vehicle for six months.
Upon the conviction of any person under
this section, the court shall forward a report to the Division of Motor Vehicles stating the first and last day of the suspension or postponement period
imposed by the court pursuant to this section. If a person at the time of the imposition of a sentence is less than 17 years of age, the period of license
postponement, including a suspension or postponement of the privilege of operating a motorized bicycle, shall commence on the day the sentence is imposed and
shall run for a period of six months after the person reaches the age of 17 years.
If a person at the time of the imposition of a sentence has a valid
driver's license issued by this State, the court shall immediately collect the license and forward it to the division along with the report. If for any
reason the license cannot be collected, the court shall include in the report the complete name, address, date of birth, eye color, and sex of the person as
well as the first and last date of the license suspension period imposed by the court.
The court shall inform the person orally and in writing that if
the person is convicted of operating a motor vehicle during the period of license suspension or postponement, the person shall be subject to the penalties
set forth in R.S.39:3-40. A person shall be required to acknowledge receipt of the written notice in writing. Failure to receive a written notice or failure
to acknowledge in writing the receipt of a written notice shall not be a defense to a subsequent charge of a violation of R.S.39:3-40.
If the person
convicted under this section is not a New Jersey resident, the court shall suspend or postpone, as appropriate given the age at the time of sentencing, the
non-resident driving privilege of the person and submit to the division the required report. The court shall not collect the license of a non-resident
convicted under this section. Upon receipt of a report by the court, the division shall notify the appropriate officials in the licensing jurisdiction of the
suspension or postponement.
In addition to the general penalties prescribed for an offense, the court may require any person under the legal age to
purchase alcoholic beverages who violates this act to participate in an alcohol education or treatment program authorized by the Department of Health for a
period not to exceed the maximum period of confinement prescribed by law for the offense for which the individual has been convicted.
Hearing; attendance by parent or guardian; subpoena
In any hearing for a violation of section 33:1-81 of the Revised Statutes the court in its
discretion may require the attendance at such hearing of a parent or guardian, if there be no parent, of the minor charged with such violation if such parent
or guardian is a resident of the State and may, in its discretion, compel such attendance by subpoena.
33:1-81.1a. Violations by parent, guardian,
A parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of a person under 18 years of age found in violation of R.S.33:1-81 or
section 1 of P.L.1979, c.264 (C.2C:33-15) shall be notified of the violation in writing. The parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of a
person under 18 years of age shall be subject to a fine in the amount of $500.00 upon any subsequent violation of R.S.33:1-81 or section 1 of P.L.1979, c.264
(C.2C:33-15) on the part of such person if it is shown that the parent, guardian or other person having legal custody failed or neglected to exercise
reasonable supervision or control over the conduct of the person under 18 years of age.