Not quite…

An article in today’s Daily Dartmouth gave a confusing impression of New Hampshire law as it pertains to public intoxication.

Director of Safety and Security Harry Kinne suggested that part of the reason for Dartmouth’s comparatively high alcohol violation figures might be differing state liquor laws.

“For instance, in the state of Connecticut, there is no law against public intoxication. In New Hampshire, there is,” Kinne said.

In reality, up until last year, it was impossible for the courts to prosecute anyone, even those under 21, for public intoxication. However, this past January, a new law came into effect, which made illegal so-called “constructive possession” of alcohol on the part of those under 21. Hence, only those under 21 may be prosecuted for public intoxication. Breathe easy, seniors.