City of Davis, State and Federal Laws
Inform yourself of the civil, legal and criminal consequences related to hosting or attending a social event
$10,000 - $15,000, jail time, restricted or suspended license, etc.
$238 fine for the first offense and $300 fine for repeat offenses.
Everyone loves to have all of their friends included in the action; however, it is still illegal for anyone under 21 to buy, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. Here are some of the consequences when mixing alcohol and anyone under 21.
Social Host Liability Law
Anyone who serves or provides alcohol to persons under age 21 can be held criminally liable if an underage person who was provided alcohol is killed or injured, or kills or injures another person. In addition, the law prohibits any person from serving alcohol to anyone who is “obviously intoxicated.” The server can face arrest, a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail. (BPC 25602 and 25658)
You as the host are responsible for the safety and welfare of all guests, so be selective in who you let into your party.
Drunk in Public
$330 fine and one year driver’s license suspension for the first offense.
Being tipsy in the streets can lead to a $330 fine.
- First Offense: 1 year driver’s license suspension.
- Second Offense: Add 1 year of probation and attend 8 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings.
TRACE Program (State)
Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies Program
TRACE is a California law enforcement program, involves an investigation of incidents involving alcohol and underage individuals. The person who supplied the alcohol will be prosecuted. TRACE Fact Sheet (PDF)
Other State & Federal Laws
Making a Fake ID:
$2,500 and 24 hours of community service
Disturbing the Peace:
Up to $400 fine
Refusing to Obey an Officer:
Giving False Information:
Up to $1,000 fine and up to 1 year in jail
Urinating in Public:
As a UC Davis student, you should be aware of the regulations that the University has created that affects your role as a host, organizer, or party attendee.
Environmental management strategies to reduce harmful drinking are supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Learn more about evidence-based SAFER Universities interventions.