Underage Drinking & the Law

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

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

Alert: Two revised and tougher underage drinking laws

The states of Illinois and Connecticut have passed revised versions of their existing Social Host Laws. Both of the amended SHLs broaden the definition of who is a host, which … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 2 Comments

Innocence not relevant for Illinois Mom

Buffalo Grove’s local Social Host Ordinance includes the terrifying phrase “not taken all reasonable steps to prevent”. Who determines what constitutes “all reasonable steps”? It’s a loopy logic loop: the kids got drunk so therefore the parent didn’t take all reasonable steps.

June 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Echoes of a tragedy resound in Illinois’ legislature and Supreme Court

In one night, in an affluent suburb of Chicago, two 18-year-old sons died, one couple was arrested and three families’ worlds were shattered. More than four years after this tragic … Continue reading

March 20, 2011 · 2 Comments

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