Indiana's Enforcement of Alcohol Laws
The Indiana State
Excise police is the law enforcement division of the Alcohol
& Tobacco Commission (ATC). State Excise police officers are
empowered by statute to enforce the laws and rules
of the ATC as well as the laws of the State of Indiana. Excise
police target events and locations where violations of the alcohol
and tobacco laws are likely to occur. College campuses and the
neighborhoods and businesses that surround campuses are prime areas
Common citations issued by Excise include:
- Underage possession/consumption of alcoholic beverages
- Minors attempting to purchase alcohol
- Providing alcohol to minors
- Providing false information/possession of fake ID
- Public nudity
A summons arrest is the likely outcome when Excise police
encounter these violations. However, escalated intoxication,
belligerent/uncooperative behavior, attempts to flee, etc. can
result in arrest. Essentially, a summons is a promise to appear in
court; it is given in lieu of being detained at the time of
- Excise officers normally work in pairs and will produce their
badges and leave them out during an investigation.
- If a student requests additional identification, they will
produce a second form of identification, normally a photo ID
- Further, they do not make random stops without probable cause.
If a detained student asks that a University police officer be
present, they will comply with your request.
- University police officers are empowered to respond similarly
to suspected violations of the alcohol/tobacco laws. University
police officers may or may not be aware of the presence of Excise
police in and around campus.
Possible criminal court outcomes for those found guilty of
misdemeanors related to Indiana's alcohol laws include:
- Assigned to take an alcohol education class at one's own
- Assigned community service hours
- Driver's license suspension (if operating a vehicle)
- Option may be presented to participate in a diversion
- Non-compliance results in the issuance of an arrest
When a summons arrest/arrest for alcohol violations comes to the
attention of the University, students will likely be charged with a
violation of the Rules of Conduct and may be subject to
conduct sanctions as well as what is imposed by the courts. The
criminal court process and the University's process are separate.
Between July 2012 and July 2013, the University was notified of
about 50 summons arrests/arrests issued to Butler students by
Indiana Excise police.
Learn more about possible outcomes for violations of the
University's student alcohol policy HERE.