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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ohio Asks College Kids Not to Drink

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM

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Via @OhioCapitalBlog (Mark Kovac), a press release from the state of Ohio asking college kids not to drink alcohol.

Full text after the jump, as to not clutter this beautiful space with ridiculous sentences about freshmen not beer bonging a six-pack of Natty light for breakfast while standing naked in a wading pool.

Also, note to Ohio: there's an at least 12% chance that press releases are not the optimal way to communicate with college freshmen. Just guessing.

August 17, 2011 — College Students Reminded of Ohio’s Drinking Laws

Columbus, Ohio — This week, colleges throughout the state will begin welcoming students back to their campuses. For some students, this may be their first time away from parents. Between the house parties, bars and tailgating, these first few weeks on campus are exciting and often a catalyst for underage drinking.

“Our college campuses have a wonderful and exciting atmosphere in the fall, but we hope our students enjoy this time safely,” said Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) Executive Director Robert Booker. “We know alcoholic beverages will be consumed, we just ask that if you are legally not permitted to drink alcohol, don’t. Also, if you are 21 or older, do not purchase or supply alcohol to someone who is not yet old enough.”

Anyone convicted of attempting to purchase alcohol as a minor, sharing in the cost, using false identification or furnishing alcohol to a minor may face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Students may also be charged for public intoxication. If convicted of a minor misdemeanor for public intoxication, individuals may be fined $100. If convicted of a fourth-degree misdemeanor for public intoxication, the penalty may be 30 days in jail and/or a $250 fine.

Liquor permit establishments located near college campuses should be on the lookout for underage individuals attempting to purchase beer — often with a false identification. Clerks should also look out for individuals 21 and older purchasing alcohol for a person who is not yet 21. In Ohio, it is illegal to share in the cost of alcoholic beverages with a minor — or attempt to do so, even if the sale is refused.

Whether an individual is arrested by local law enforcement or agents with the Investigative Unit, that information will be part of his/her criminal record. Many colleges use the arrest data from OIU and other jurisdictions to open judiciary reviews on students, even if the arrest takes place at or near other campuses.

OIU agents are plain-clothed, fully-sworn peace officers. Each agent carries a badge and proper OIU identification. If an individual is criminally charged with a violation by an OIU agent, they may be issued a summons-in-lieu of arrest or transported to jail.

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