APD busts several local bars serving alcohol to minors

This past Thursday, members of the Amarillo Police Department detective division performed compliance checks at multiple Amarillo area bars.

At all of the locations, the bartenders served under age patrons who were acting under the guidance and supervision of Amarillo Police detectives. The minors assisting in this investigation did not actually consume any alcohol.

Criminal charges are pending.

The offense is under Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, 106.03, Sale to Minors. It states, “A person commits an offense if with criminal negligence he sells an alcoholic beverage to a minor.”

This offense is a Class A Misdemeanor and punishable by a fine up to $4,000, confinement in jail for up to a year, or both. Additionally, the violator will have his or her driver´s license automatically suspended for 180 days upon conviction.

These cases are being referred to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

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