Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code § 106.06. Purchase of Alcohol for a Minor;  Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor

(a) Except as provided in Subsection (b) of this section, a person commits an offense if he purchases an alcoholic beverage for or gives or with criminal negligence   1 makes available an alcoholic beverage to a minor.

(b) A person may purchase an alcoholic beverage for or give an alcoholic beverage to a minor if the person is:

(1) the minor's adult parent, guardian, or spouse, or an adult in whose custody the minor has been committed by a court, and is visibly present when the minor possesses or consumes the alcoholic beverage;  or

(2) a person lawfully providing an alcoholic beverage to a minor under Section 106.16 .

(c) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

(d) A judge, acting under Chapter 42A, Code of Criminal Procedure, who places a defendant charged with an offense under this section on community supervision under that chapter shall, if the defendant committed the offense at a gathering where participants were involved in the abuse of alcohol, including binge drinking or forcing or coercing individuals to consume alcohol, in addition to any other condition imposed by the judge:

(1) require the defendant to:

(A) perform community service for not less than 20 or more than 40 hours;  and

(B) attend an alcohol awareness program approved under Section 106.115 ;  and

(2) order the Department of Public Safety to suspend the driver's license or permit of the defendant or, if the defendant does not have a driver's license or permit, to deny the issuance of a driver's license or permit to the defendant for 180 days.

(e) Community service ordered under Subsection (d) is in addition to any community service ordered by the judge under Article 42A.304, Code of Criminal Procedure , and must be related to education about or prevention of misuse of alcohol if programs or services providing that education are available in the community in which the court is located.  If programs or services providing that education are not available, the court may order community service that the court considers appropriate for rehabilitative purposes.

1 Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 437, § 4 and Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 934, § 79 both amended subsec. (a) in a similar manner, except Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 437 placed “with criminal negligence” at the end of the subsection following “makes available an alcoholic beverage to a minor”.

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