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

[POLL] Guilt by association is the rule at many high schools

; NOTE: This article is reprinted from my new column on parenting in politics on examiner.com: Guilt-by-association may not be a valid way of judging someone’s guilt or innocence, but … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

It started on Halloween…but the nightmare won’t end with jail

In a landmark Social Host Law case, single mom Tiffany Clark has been found guilty of furnishing* alcohol to minors, sentenced with the most extreme penalties we’ve recorded to date and separated … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ex-Selectman Elworthy found not guilty

Mark Elworthy was found not guilty by a six member jury in Massachusetts’ Fitchburg District Court today. Elworthy, formerly a Clinton town selectman and currently a member of the finance … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · 1 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

Adults pass the Tap Test in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the Foxborough High students were giving the tests rather than taking them, with the help of local police and S.A.F.E. (Substance Abuse Free Environment) Foxborough Coalition. Using a … Continue reading

June 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Charges dismissed due to police misconduct

  The state of Massachusetts has applied its Social Host Law numerous times but bumbling local police blew it on this case. Evidence was thrown out and the charges were … Continue reading

March 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

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