civil penalties; defenses Sec. 10.1. (a) If a permit holder or an agent or employee of a permit holder violates IC 7.1-5-7-8 on the licensed premises, in addition to any other penalty, a civil judgment may be imposed against the permit holder as follows:
(1) If the licensed premises at that specific business location has not been issued a citation or summons for a violation of IC 7.1-5-7-8 in the previous one hundred eighty (180) days, a civil penalty of up to two hundred dollars ($200).
(2) If the licensed premises at that specific business location has had one (1) citation or summons for a violation of IC 7.1-5-7-8 in the previous one hundred eighty (180) days, a civil penalty of up to four hundred dollars ($400).
(3) If the licensed premises at that specific business location has had two (2) citations or summonses for a violation of IC 7.1-5-7-8 in the previous one hundred eighty (180) days, a civil penalty of up to seven hundred dollars ($700).
(4) If the licensed premises at that specific business location has had three (3) or more citations or summonses for a violation of IC 7.1-5-7-8 in the previous one hundred eighty (180) days, a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(b) The defenses set forth in IC 7.1-5-7-5.1 are available to a permit holder in an action under this section.
(c) Unless a person less than twenty-one (21) years of age buys or receives an alcoholic beverage under the direction of a law enforcement officer as part of an enforcement action, a permit holder that sells alcoholic beverages is not liable under this section unless the person less than twenty-one (21) years of age who bought or received the alcoholic beverage is charged for violating IC 7.1-5-7-7. (d) All civil penalties collected under this section shall be deposited in the alcohol and tobacco commission’s enforcement and administration fund under IC 7.1-4-10. As added by P.L.94-2008, SEC.61. IC 35-46-1-10.2 Retail establishment’s sale or distribution of tobacco or electronic cigarettes to a minor; defenses Sec. 10.2. (a) A retail establishment that sells or distributes tobacco or an electronic cigarette to a person less than eighteen (18) years of age commits a Class C infraction. For a sale to take place under this section, the buyer must pay the retail establishment for the tobacco product or electronic cigarette. Notwithstanding IC 34-28-5-4(c), a civil judgment for an infraction committed under this section must be imposed as follows:
(1) If the retail establishment at that specific business location has not been issued a citation or summons for a violation of this section in the previous one hundred eighty (180) days, a civil penalty of up to two hundred dollars ($200).
(2) If the retail establishment at that specific business location has had one (1) citation or summons issued for a violation of this section in the previous one hundred eighty (180) days, a civil penalty of up to four hundred dollars ($400).
(3) If the retail establishment at that specific business location has had two (2) citations or summonses issued for a violation of this section in the previous one hundred eighty (180) days, a civil penalty of up to seven hundred dollars ($700).
(4) If the retail establishment at that specific business location has had three (3) or more citations or summonses issued for a violation of this section in the previous one hundred eighty (180) days, a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000). A retail establishment may not be issued a citation or summons for a violation of this section more than once every twenty-four (24) hours for each specific business location.
(b) It is not a defense that the person to whom the tobacco or electronic cigarette was sold or distributed did not smoke, chew, inhale, or otherwise consume the tobacco or electronic cigarette.
(c) The following defenses are available to a retail establishment accused of selling or distributing tobacco or an electronic cigarette to a person who is less than eighteen (18) years of age:
(1) The buyer or recipient produced a driver’s license bearing the purchaser’s or recipient’s photograph showing that the purchaser or recipient was of legal age to make the purchase. (2) The buyer or recipient produced a photographic identification card issued under IC 9-24-16-1 or a similar card issued under the laws of another state or the federal government showing that the purchaser or recipient was of legal age to make the purchase.
(3) The appearance of the purchaser or recipient was such that an ordinary prudent person would believe that the purchaser or recipient was not less than the age that complies with regulations promulgated by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
(d) It is a defense that the accused retail establishment sold or delivered the tobacco or electronic cigarette to a person who acted in the ordinary course of employment or a business concerning tobacco or electronic cigarettes:
(1) agriculture; (2) processing; (3) transporting;
(4) wholesaling; or
(5) retailing.
(e) As used in this section, “distribute” means to give tobacco or an electronic cigarette to another person as a means of promoting, advertising, or marketing the tobacco or electronic cigarette to the general public.
(f) Unless a person buys or receives tobacco or an electronic cigarette under the direction of a law enforcement officer as part of an enforcement action, a retail establishment that sells or distributes tobacco or an electronic cigarette is not liable for a violation of this section unless the person less than eighteen (18) years of age who bought or received the tobacco or electronic cigarette is issued a citation or summons under section 10.5 of this chapter.
(g) Notwithstanding IC 34-28-5-5(c), civil penalties collected under this section must be deposited in the Richard D. Doyle youth tobacco education and enforcement fund (IC 7.1-6-2-6).
(h) A person who violates subsection (a) at least six (6) times in any one hundred eighty (180) day period commits habitual illegal sale of tobacco, a Class B infraction. As added by P.L.177-1999, SEC.11. Amended by P.L.14-2000, SEC.72; P.L.1-2001, SEC.38; P.L.250-2003, SEC.17; P.L.252-2003, SEC.18; P.L.94-2008, SEC.62; P.L.20-2013, SEC.6.