Rhinelander Dram Shop Liability Lawyers
Named for a measurement of alcohol used in the past, dram shop liability describes a bar or tavern’s responsibility to avoid serving patrons who appear to be intoxicated and therefore more likely to cause considerable damage once they leave the premises. Unlike other concerns such as the legal drinking age, there is no nation-wide consensus among the states concerning dram shop laws. In the case of Wisconsin, they primarily work to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors.
For additional information concerning your rights on the road if injured by an individual below the legal drinking age, contact the Rhinelander dram shop liability lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.
Dram Shop Liability Damages and Penalties
There are ultimately two forms of punishment that come from dram shop laws. In the case of Wisconsin state law, dram shop laws not only protect those injured by over-served patrons, but also assist the state in punishing establishments that serve minors. As a result, if a minor is found in an accident or causing injury after becoming intoxicated, the responsible parties from the establishment that served that minor may be punished by:
- Felony-grade charge
- Up to 7 ½ years in prison
- Up to $10,000 in punitive fines
- Compensation for civil damages
Unlike some other states, Wisconsin does not hold an establishment that serves alcohol responsible for individuals above the legal drinking age. However, with such strong punishments available in dram shop cases, the state is clear about their stance on underage drinking.
If you have been injured by an intoxicated minor who was served in a restaurant or bar, there may be legal action available against the bartender or wait staff that served that individual alcohol. Serving alcohol to a minor is a serious offense, often treated both in criminal and civil cases. To learn more about your options, contact the Rhinelander dram shop liability attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.