Tickets for underage drinking or other alcohol- and drug-related offenses can cost you hundreds of dollars and your driver's license. Learn about possible violations so that you can have fun without the hassles or safety risks.
Party Playbook and Penalties
The Lifeline Law provides immunity for crimes of public intoxication, minor in possession, minor in consumption and similar laws, to persons who identify themselves to law enforcement while seeking medical assistance for a person suffering from an alcohol-related health emergency. It's important that you cooperate with first responders once they arrive.
EmergenciesKeep your cell phone charged so you can call for help if needed (a ride home, police) and receive IU-Notify emergency alerts. Also, know what social media to follow for local news and updates. At IU Bloomington, follow IUPD-Bloomington and IU Bloomington on Twitter. At IUPUI, follow IUPD-IUPUI and IUPUI on Twitter. The IU Police Twitter account has useful info, too.
Go in groups
Don't ditch your friends. Walking alone at night increases the danger you place yourself in.
Honesty with police officers
Whatever you do, remember to be honest in all of your interactions with police. Remember, police are here to keep you safe. Tickets are expensive, but police cannot ignore violations of drinking and other laws designed to help keep people safe.
Your music may not be loud to you, but your neighbors may think otherwise. Expect a visit from IUPD or your municipal police department if you are causing a disturbance.
Always be sure you have a gameplan on how to get home if you're drinking. Friends don't let friends drive drunk.
Always check to make sure you're getting into the right car when using a ride-hailing service. If something seems fishy, skip the ride and call IUPD or your municipal police department.
If you have friends visiting from off-campus or other cities, make sure that they know our policies. Also, be sure to look out for them so that their visit is memorable for the right reasons.
Possessing a fake ID is a crime. Using a fake ID can result in criminal penalties and a 1-year suspension of your license.
Illegal possession of alcohol
In Indiana, it's illegal for anyone under 21 to possess alcohol. Illegally possessing alcohol while operating a vehicle can result in a 1-year suspension of your license.
Consumption by a minor
You don't have to be intoxicated, just under 21, to be charged with illegal consumption. Consuming alcohol while operating a motor vehicle can result in a 1-year suspension of your driver's license.
Furnishing alcohol to a minor
It's illegal to provide alcohol to a minor. If you sell or give alcohol to a minor and that minor gets injured, seriously ill or dies, you have committed a felony.
Maintaining a common nuisance
If you attend a party where illegal drugs are being used, you can be charged with the crime of "visiting a common nuisance," even if you aren't using them. Hosting a party where illegal drugs are being used can result in a FELONY charge of "maintaining a common nuisance."