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Social Host Liability Archives

What to know about house parties

Whether it's for fun, for the holidays, or for celebrations, it's not uncommon to find people throwing parties in Connecticut. Sometimes, drinking may be involved. There might even be minors drinking, which some households allow for during the holidays and so on. How does social liability tie into that?

What are good ways to say no and avoid a social host liability?

As you may know, it can be hard to say no to a lot of things. You might have grown up learning that you can only be successful and well-liked if you agree to do what is asked of you, even if you feel pressured into doing something you find morally or legally wrong. However, you and other Connecticut residents can get into trouble if you don’t learn to say no to some things, especially when it comes to alcohol.

Dealing with drunk wedding guests

When couples begin to plan their Connecticut wedding, they may worry about how they will handle intoxicated guests. No one wants to hear that a guest was involved in a car accident because he or she drank too much, so it is important to think about alcohol during the planning process.

Are you liable for alcohol served to minors at your party?

Parents or guardians of underage residents in Connecticut may want their home to be a fun place for people to hang out and have an enjoyable time. However, when someone is the social host of any gathering that involves alcohol, there are certain liabilities that can apply.

Teach your teens the dangers involved with underage drinking

You are an involved parent and you have done your best to teach your child about avoiding underage drinking. However, you know that teenagers often believe they know best, and they might do what they want despite your wishes, especially when they are trying to fit in with their peers. We at Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C., understand that you and other parents in Connecticut might be worried about what your teenagers are doing when they are out with their friends.

How can you prevent guests from becoming drunk at parties?

When you host holiday parties at your Connecticut home, you may not always think about keeping your guests sober. However, if one of your guests becomes drunk and is involved in a car crash after leaving your party, you may be held liable. It is important to know how you can keep your guests sober.

How should parents handle underage drinking at parties?

As a Connecticut parent, you may want to keep your teenager away from parties with alcohol. However, you may find that the presence of alcohol and other substances is beyond your control if you are not hosting the party. Because of this, it is important to know how you and your teenager should handle parties.

When parents claim ignorance of alcohol use by minors at home

In Connecticut, the criminal statute prohibiting the possession of alcohol by a minor was expanded in 2012 to include recklessness or negligence in allowing such possession. According to the Connecticut General Assembly, if a person owns or otherwise possesses or controls private property, the criminal law is violated if they knowingly allow a minor to possess an alcoholic beverage on the premises or if they recklessly permit a minor to do so. A minor under the statute is any person under the age of twenty-one.

Will you get busted if minors drink at your party?

Connecticut residents like you may be ready to party your hearts out this summer, enjoying the last days before everyone has to go back to school or work. Unfortunately, having a good reason to celebrate doesn't negate the fact that it's still illegal for anyone under 21 to drink. So what if a minor is drinking at your party?

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