By markeysteph7558229, Jul 7 2016 04:51PM
A warning for those who allow underage drinking parties, the Court of Appeals has ruled in the matter of Manal Kariakos v. Brandon Phillips and Nancy Dankos et al v. Linda Stapf, Nos. 20 and 55, September Term 2015, that an adult who hosts an underage drinking party can be held civilly liable for the death or injuries sustained by an intoxicated guest who is under the legal drinking age of 21. The Court based its decision on a new law set to go into effect on October 1, 2016 which permits adults to be jailed for up to one year for knowingly and willfully providing alcohol to or hosting drinking parties attended by those under 21 who become impaired and seriously injure themselves or others after leaving the party. Hopefully those adults who allowed or “overlooked” underage drinking in the past will now think twice. Do you want to live with the consequences knowing your allowances killed or seriously injured another person? That is a big price to pay just to be the “cool parents.”
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