However, if all the employees at a restaurant are trained by an approved training course, such as the SD Responsible Serving® course, the penalties for serving a minor are cut in half. The fine for a first violation is $500 and $1,000 fine for the second violation. However, there is still a risk of the establishment losing its liquor license in case of a third violation within 24 months.
Servers also face serious consequences for providing alcohol to minors including being fired, fined, jailed or losing their driver's license:
- Serving alcohol to a person who is under the age of 18 is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor.
- Serving alcohol to person who is between the ages 18-20 is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor.