Underage Drinking & the Law

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

Update: Appeal in the works for Terri Serra on ‘Social Host Law’ conviction

In a surprise move Thursday, criminal defense attorney Robert Mann said he would seek a new trial for former Chariho School Committee member Terri Serra, who was convicted under Rhode Island’s Social Host … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Judge rules RI underage drinking law is constitutional: Serra found guilty

Update filed January 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm EST In Rhode Island Fourth District Court this afternoon, Judge Mary McCaffrey ruled that Rhode Island’s Social Host Law is constitutional and … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is RI’s Social Host Law Unconstitutional?

Little decisions can lead to big consequences, especially when alcohol and teens are involved. A simple barbecue one October night in 2011 led to four teens getting seriously injured, one … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 2 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

Gov. Chafee’s son: ‘No contest’ to violating RI Social Host Law

Caleb Chafee, the 18-year-old son of Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, appeared in Washington County District Court this morning and pleaded no contest to the charge of violating the state’s Social Host Law (R.I.G.L 3-8-11.1). The charges … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Rhode Island Governor’s son charged and headed for court

After almost 12 weeks of investigation by the Rhode Island state police and much deliberation by the state’s Attorney General’s office, 18-year-old Caleb Chafee, was charged under R.I.G.L 3-8-11.1, also … Continue reading

August 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Rhode Island Governor’s son may be charged

The son of Rhode Island’s Governor, 18-year-old Caleb Chafee, allegedly hosted a high school graduation party with alcohol at his family’s Exeter home. State police discovered the party when they … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · 1 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

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

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