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Harris County Constable, Pct 8
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Harris County Precinct 8
Phil Sandlin, Constable
Houston, TX

December 7, 2018
On Tuesday December 4, 2018, Deputies with Constable Phil Sandlin’s Office teamed up with TABC Agents to do spot checks on various businesses within Precinct 8 that sale alcohol.    The purpose of the joint effort was to ensure that such businesses were adhering to state law regarding alcohol sales and that they were not selling to minors.  To help with the effort, a 16 year old juvenile assisted by going into the various businesses to attempt to purchase alcohol.  Of the 23 locations that were visited, most were found to be adhering to TABC laws.  Sadly, four individuals did illegally sale to the juvenile.  As a result, they were arrested and charged with Sale to Minors (TABC 106.03), a Class A Misdemeanor.  All four were taken into custody and were ultimately booked into the Harris County Jail.
Constable Sandlin takes alcohol related offenses very seriously and he invited TABC in to conduct this effort.  Harris County continually leads the nation in DWI related fatalities and enforcement has been a high priority for Precinct 8 for many years.  Regarding sales, State law reads:
Sec. 106.03. SALE TO MINORS. (a) A person commits an offense if with criminal negligence he sells an alcoholic beverage to a minor. (b) A person who sells a minor an alcoholic beverage does not commit an offense if the minor falsely represents himself to be 21 years old or older by displaying an apparently valid proof of identification that contains a physical description and photograph consistent with the minor's appearance, purports to establish that the minor is 21 years of age or older, and was issued by a governmental agency. The proof of identification may include a driver's license or identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety, a passport, or a military identification card. (c) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor. (d) Subsection (b) does not apply to a person who accesses electronically readable information under Section 109.61 that identifies a driver's license or identification certificate as invalid.

Jason Finnen, Chief Deputy
Harris County Precinct 8 Constable’s Office
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