Jefferson County Judge Linda Bauer sat down with the staff at Fairbury News Now to discuss the issues that occur when minors are found to be in possession of alcohol and what happens to those who are caught procuring the alcohol for the minors.
Judge Bauer explained that procurement is an issue that is not seen as often within the Jefferson County Court, but she still believes it is a serious issue with a number of severe consequences.
“Besides the possible criminal penalties, I think people need to be aware of the possible civil liability that could be involved,” said Bauer. “If people leave your house and they’re intoxicated, and underage to begin with, then that creates another host of issues that could result in you being bankrupt. There’s an extremely serious civil liability attached to it.”
Bauer believes it might be possible to lessen the number of procurement cases even more by educating people about the issue and emphasizing the heavy consequences that come with procuring alcohol for minors.
“I think that the work the Jefferson Community Coalition and other groups are doing as far as awareness is helpful,” Bauer said. “You’re not going to be able to completely stop people by just emphasizing the fear of the repercussions. In order to stop these people, they have to have a serious understanding of potential outcomes.”
Because of all of the effort by organizations like the Jefferson Community Coalition to promote awareness of the effects of procuring alcohol for minors, Judge Bauer holds people to a higher standard when she sees these cases.
“When people come into my court and try to pretend like they don’t know that it’s such a big deal, I don’t buy it now because I think if you’re aware at all of what’s going on in the world, you should know that’s an issue. Once you get to that age of majority, then you are held to that standard of knowing better. If you’re buying alcohol for minors, you seriously need to be aware of the risks your taking.”