Doing the time and paying the fine; a guide to Fake Patty’s Day crime


When thousands of people devote a day to drinking, odds are someone, or many people, will get out of line. The following crimes are closely related to Fake Patty’s Day and each has consequences for breaking the law. All of this information was taken from “Things to Know Before Fake Patty’s Day,” which was prepared by the City of Manhattan and the Riley County Police Department.

Open container
It is illegal to carry open bottles, cans or kegs on public property. This includes sidewalks, parking lots and anywhere in the street. Fines for this can cost between $50 and $200, and violators can face up to six months in jail and $89 in court costs.

Minor possessing alcohol
If a person is under the age of 21 and is caught drinking, they can be subject to a fine between $200 and $500, up to one month in jail, $146 in court costs and suspension of their driver’s license.

Being drunk in public, intoxicated pedestrian in the street
While Kansas does not make it a criminal offense to be drunk in public, it is illegal to walk in the street if the person is deemed hazardous. For a first-time offense, it can carry a fine of up to $500, $89 in court fees and up to a month in jail.

Fake IDs or lending an ID to a minor
A minor using a fake ID will pay a fine of up to $1,000 and could spend up to six months in jail. Using someone else’s ID is even worse. The fine for it is up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail. Lending an ID to a minor can lead to a fine between $200 and $500 and 100 hours of community service for a first conviction.

Furnishing alcohol to minors
Buying, selling or giving any type of alcohol to anyone who is under the age of 21 could cost anywhere from $200 to $500 in fines and up to six months in jail.

Hosting underage drinking
If a house party hosts underage drinkers, the owner/renter of the place could pay a fine of $1,000 up to $2,500, $146 in court costs and spend up to a year in jail.

Miscellaneous offenses
Certain offenses such as disorderly conduct or fighting, public nudity, littering, noise violations and urinating in public are all punishable by fines of up to $500 and the possibility of up to six months in jail.