Underage Drinking & the Law

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

CBS-NY: ‘Montville, N.J. Plan Would Allow Searches Without Warrants For Underage Drinking’

MONTVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A proposed ordinance in Montville, New Jersey could give police officers broad powers – including entering private property – if underage drinking is even suspected. As … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

Former White House attorney accuses Orange County Deputy DA of improper lobbying

[Note from Editor: The Social Host Ordinance was passed by the Laguna Beach City Council despite vocal public opposition on December 4, 2012 and is currently in effect] Assistant District … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Former Arlington selectwoman and husband plead not guilty to 33 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors

Brock Parker. Boston Globe “Former Arlington selectwoman Annie LaCourt and her husband [Mark Burstein] pleaded not guilty in Cambridge District Court

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

What to do if you find teens drinking in your home

Uh oh. You come home unexpectedly from another holiday party and find dozens of teens staggering and vomiting in the TV room. Or maybe you wake up because the bass … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

David Vanderveen: SHO should be no-go in Laguna

Laguna Beach Independent columnist David Vanderveen has been one of the major supporters of  an effort to Fight the Social Host Ordinance in Laguna Beach,  California. The efforts to battle … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

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