What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws
Nassau County appeals court redefines adults as 18-years-old + 1 day.
Nassau County, at the heart of New York’s Long Island community, was not just the first NY county to pass a Social Host Law; their version far exceeds the strictures of many other SHLs in the state. On Monday, April 11, 2011, the “Appellate Term” (aka appeals court to you and me) has decided to interpret Nassau’s SHL even more broadly than it has been applied since 2007.
According to Attorney Oscar Michelen of law firm Cuomo LLC and founder of non-profit parental advice group The Law Squad™, the Nassau County law, “allows people to be arrested and charged even if they are younger than some of the other underage people drinking. It also makes homeowners responsible if they were unaware but should have been aware that alcohol was being consumed by those under 21.” And if the homeowner or the teenager at home alone does get arrested under the SHL, “your homeowners’ insurance company will likely disclaim coverage” if a guest, “gets hurt or hurts someone else and you get sued.”
To learn more:
Appeals Panel Upholds Applying Social Host Law to 18 Year Olds.- CourtroomStrategy.com – April 12, 2011 – Byline: Attorney Oscar Michelen