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

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

Northwestern University expels Jewish religious organization from campus for serving alcohol

Northwestern University has revoked Tannenbaum Chabad House’s official status on campus due to allegations that Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein has not been following “university policy on alcohol consumption”. The crux … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 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

UPDATE: Oklahoma Governor signs Cody’s Law

Governor Fallin signs Cody’s Law. Oklahoma’s revised state-wide Social Host Law goes into effect November 1. Click here to read the final version and to learn more about Cody’s Law. … Continue reading

May 31, 2011 · 2 Comments

Why I’m rooting for Oklahoma’s Social Host Law

Oklahoma’s House Bill 1211 is specific and requires proof of wrongdoing. The language is relatively simple, as legislative language goes although I do wish it replaced the term “person” with the term “adult” so we wouldn’t continue to punish the same minors we’re trying to protect.

May 12, 2011 · 4 Comments

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

Parents spanked by Clarion Ledger editor

Ouch!  David Hampton, editorial director of Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger newspaper, — who call themselves “The Real Mississippi” —  believes the new Mississippi-wide Social Host Law is all about  “Parents … Continue reading

April 9, 2011 · 2 Comments

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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