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Brazil: New Law Criminalizes Sale of Alcoholic Beverages to Minors

(Feb. 27, 2015) On February 24, 2015, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved a new law that amends the Statute of the Child and Adolescent and more clearly criminalizes the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 18 years of age. (Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente, Lei No. 8.069, de 13 de Julho de 1990, PLANALTO; Iolando Lourenço, Câmara Aprova e Vai à Sanção Projeto que Criminaliza Venda de Bebidas a Menores, AGÊNCIA BRASIL (Feb. 24, 2015).)

The new law makes it a crime to sell, supply, serve, or deliver, even for free, an alcoholic beverage to a child or adolescent or, without cause, other products containing ingredients that can cause physical or psychological dependence. A person who violates the law may be sentenced to two to four years in prison and a fine of between approximately US$1,000 and US$3,500. (Lourenço, supra.) As an administrative sanction, the store where an alcoholic beverage is sold to a minor must remain closed until the fine is paid. (Id.) The new law now must be signed by President Dilma Roussef to enter into force.