Residents in Wisconsin may benefit from learning more about the statutes governing dram shop liability in the state. Dram shop is legal terminology used to describe establishments that sell alcoholic beverages such as bars, pubs or taverns. People who dispense, give or sell these beverages to someone under the age of 18 are breaking the law and may be penalized in accordance with the appropriate statutes.
The severity of the penalties may depend on whether the accused knew or should have been aware that the person was under the legal drinking age. The penalties will also depend on if the underage person suffers serious injuries or dies as a result of consuming the alcoholic beverages. When determining whether or not the accused should be held liable for serving the underage person, several factors may come under consideration.