If a patron presented a fake ID, does that provide a defense to improperly serving a minor alcohol?

Bar serves a minor. One of the defenses that we hear a lot is, “Well, the person had a fake ID.” Well, if it’s true, that could be a valid defense because a bar is only held accountable for selling to a minor if they knew that the person was a minor. If the person had a fantastic fake ID that would have fooled somebody at an airport, then the bar’s probably not going to be held responsible. Think about it, how often does that really happen? I mean, what are we dealing with, Jason Bourne who’s got like, 58 different Ids? No. You’re dealing with some kid who got somebody else’s license and changed a number or used a color copier to try to make a license. If you’ve got something that anybody would know is a fake, which is usually the situation, that’s not going to be a good defense.

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