Recently, we reported a collision driving under the influence collision allegedly caused by an 18 year old driver who was charged with driving under the influence, minor in possession, open container, and failure to yield the right of way. Additional charges have now been filed relating to that accident. An 18 year old Omaha man has now been charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor in connection with the accident. If convicted, the man could face jail time as part of his sentence.
On August 5th, an 18 year old Nebraska woman \ caused a collision near 155th and Pacific Street. As a result of the collision, a passenger in the other involved vehicle was seriously injured. The driver of the at-fault vehicle was cited for driving under the influence, minor in possession, open container, and failure to yield the right of way. According to recent news reports, the driver received the alcohol she consumed from an 18 year old Omaha man who has is now facing criminal charges as a result.
People often mistakenly believe that if one minor (for purposes of the right to consume alcohol) furnishes or provides another minor with alcohol it is not a crime; however, anyone, of any age, who furnishes or provides alcohol to a minor can be charged with a criminal offense. Nebraska Revised Statute 53-180 is where the prohibition against furnishing alcohol to a minor can be found, stating:
If you are a minor, or are the parent of a minor, it is imperative that you understand the laws in the State of Nebraska with regard to furnishing alcohol to a minor in order to avoid a violation.
If you have been charged with an alcohol related driving offense, or with furnishing alcohol to a minor, contact the Petersen Law Office 24 hours a day at 402-513-2180 to discuss your case with an experienced DUI defense attorney.