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ODPS Investigative Unit Facts

Liquor Violations

If you give alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age, and he or she in turn injures or kills someone or damages property, you can be sued.

If a person under the age of 21 helps to pay for alcohol, even if the buyer is 21 years old, it is against the law.

Legally, parents can give alcohol to their own children if it is consumed in their presence.

A person must be 18 years of age to sell beer or alcohol in sealed containers.

Champagne, sparkling wine, or drinks mixed with soda get people intoxicated at a faster rate.

No sale of beer or intoxicating liquor may be made to an intoxicated person.

There are limits on "happy hours," such as: no two drinks for the price of one; no discount prices after 9:00 p.m.; and no unlimited number of servings for a fixed price during a set period of time.

It is illegal for any person to possess an open container of beer, wine or liquor in a public place.

No one of any age may drink beer, wine or intoxicating liquor in a motor vehicle: automobiles, recreational vehicles, boat, riding lawn mowers, etc.

An individual using a fake driver license to buy beer or intoxicating liquor may lose driving privileges for one year.

An individual who lends his/her license to another for the purchase of beer or intoxicating liquor may also lose driving privileges for one year and possibly be fined up to $1,000 and/or be sentenced up to six months in jail.

Food Stamp Information

The Food Stamp Program serves as the first line of defense against hunger. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food with coupons and Electronic Benefits Transfer cards. Food stamp recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.

The Ohio Investigative Unit is the sole agency in the state of Ohio contracted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service to investigate food stamp trafficking.

Food stamp trafficking is the buying and selling of food stamp benefits for cash or items not authorized under the Food Stamp Act of 1977.

Some retailers violate the Food Stamp Program by accepting food stamp benefits for cash or unauthorized items such as tobacco, alcohol, and contraband such as drugs or weapons etc.

Food stamp trafficking undermines the integrity of the program and diverts benefits from those who need them. The program has systems to prevent trafficking and strong penalties for those who do the trafficking. Recipients and retailers who engage in such illegal activities will be disqualified from the program and criminally prosecuted.