Underage Drinking & the Law

What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws

Former White House attorney accuses Orange County Deputy DA of improper lobbying

[Note from Editor: The Social Host Ordinance was passed by the Laguna Beach City Council despite vocal public opposition on December 4, 2012 and is currently in effect] Assistant District … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

New state laws go into effect when the ball drops tonight

Underage substance use laws get tougher on parents and kids In Pennsylvania, minors face steeper fines if they’re caught drinking. First offenders are fined $500 and repeat offenders pay up … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

Former Arlington selectwoman and husband plead not guilty to 33 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors

Brock Parker. Boston Globe “Former Arlington selectwoman Annie LaCourt and her husband [Mark Burstein] pleaded not guilty in Cambridge District Court

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Alcohol use among teens maintained historic lows in 2012, continuing a long-term gradual decline.

The movement to add new stricter underage drinking laws, like Social Host Laws (SHLs), to the legislative mix is based on the assertion that we still have a long way … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

What to do if you find teens drinking in your home

Uh oh. You come home unexpectedly from another holiday party and find dozens of teens staggering and vomiting in the TV room. Or maybe you wake up because the bass … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

Stunning victory for defense in Terri Serra case; Judge also delays constitutionality ruling, again

Rhode Island Fourth District Court Judge Mary McCaffrey ruled that former Chariho School Committee member Terri Serra was not guilty of “failure to render aid” at the scene of a car accident … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Three steps to a successful Social Host Ordinance

So many laws, so few results Thousand Oaks, California The need for objectivity Three steps to creating a successful SHO So many laws, so few results At last count, thousands … Continue reading

November 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

David Vanderveen: SHO should be no-go in Laguna

Laguna Beach Independent columnist David Vanderveen has been one of the major supporters of  an effort to Fight the Social Host Ordinance in Laguna Beach,  California. The efforts to battle … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

The driving force behind Social Host laws

When an organization’s primary focus is on the most broken among us – the addicted, the alcoholics, the schizophrenics, violent or absent parents – their skewed perspective means that sometimes what they advocate can be more damaging to the healthy than it is helpful to the ill.

October 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

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