Underage Drinking & the Law

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

Crosslake MN passes SHO

A new Social Host Ordinance was passed March 13, 2012 by the City of Crosslake, MN. Although a copy of the ordinance is not up on their website yet, the … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Out-of-town dad first parent charged in Mercer Island WA

The first person to be cited under Mercer Island’s new Social Host ordinance is a dad who was out-of-town and out of the loop at the time of the party. … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Charleston attorney locked up

From the “If I only had a brain” files: Claiming that he knew nothing about the underage drinking in his backyard, police found Attorney Mark McKnight awake in his bed. … Continue reading

March 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

MA Supreme Court rules no liability for minor hosts

After battling six lawsuits over more than four-and-a-half years after throwing a BYOB party, a family is free from litigation by their guests. In a ruling with potential for far-reaching … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

If the police chief doesn’t know what to do…

…how is the average parent expected to do the right thing? The story of Providence Police Chief Col. Dean Esserman and the graduation party he supervised this weekend is — … Continue reading

June 13, 2011 · 2 Comments

It could happen to anyone

Please share this with anyone you know who believes the Social Host Law can’t impact their family because they’ve discussed alcohol use with and made their rules clear to their … Continue reading

May 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Catch 21: The teen trap

As parents, we should be as alarmed about this law’s potential impact on our children’s futures as we are about the impact of illicit alcohol and drug use or unprotected sexual activity on their bodies and minds.

April 21, 2011 · 3 Comments

A tale of two counties | Video

Nassau and Suffolk counties may lie side-by-side on New York State’s Long Island; they may share matching Social Host Laws, but they’re poles apart when it comes to enforcing those … Continue reading

April 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

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