Underage Drinking & the Law

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

Protecting Parents from Prom’s Penalties

Westchester, New York parents, learn what you need to do to protect yourself and your teen-age children from accidentally triggering the Social Host Law on Prom night or any other … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bravo Robert Wagner of Blakeley Township, MN

Robert Wagner, a Blakeley Town Board Supervisor¬†in Blakeley Township, Minnesota (and not the Hollywood star), gets to the heart of the problem with the local Social Host Law in Scott … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

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

Serra’s attorney debates law’s constitutionality

Putting aside Constitutional issues and whether former school board member Serra knew kids were drinking at her home, there are troubling moral issues raised by her choice to leave the … Continue reading

March 4, 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

Plymouth MN’s better idea

Plymouth responds to the overly broad, draconian model Social Host Law common among other Minnesota communities with a persnickety draconian law of their own. Not only does it include the … Continue reading

July 1, 2011 · 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

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