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Minors and Social Host Liability | RI Social Host Liability Attorney

By James Witherspoon Platinum Quality Author

When an individual serves an individual under 21 years old with alcohol in his or her home, that individual assumes responsibility for the intoxicated underage drinkers’ actions according to many states’ laws and statutes.

Social host liability is the legal concept that holds hosts liable for their guests’ actions. In some states across the country, this concept only applies to underage drinkers, as serving these individuals alcohol is, in itself, a crime.

This liability is specifically designed to hold event or party hosts accountable when their underage guests cause harm to third parties when they leave the premises of the hosts’ homes. Usually, this refers to drinking and driving accidents, but it may also extend to other illegal acts, such as violence and vandalism.

For this reason, event hosts are advised to validate the ages of their guests before serving them with alcoholic beverages. At the very least, they are advised to ensure that intoxicated individual who are underage do not leave the premises, especially by driving.

Individuals who suffer harm at the hands of the intoxicated underage drinkers can sue the underage individual as well as the individual who served him or her alcohol. Social hosts stand to lose substantial amounts of property and assets when their underage guests harm other individuals with their actions.

Victims of underage drinkers may be entitled to financial compensation from both the underage drinker and the responsible social host. In these cases, the victim would need to prove that the social host served the underage individual with alcohol, and that the underage individual’s actions caused the accident in question.

Individuals wishing to file legal action against social hosts are advised to seek experienced legal counsel. If you or someone you love suffered harm in an auto accident with an underage drunk driver, discuss your legal options with the Lake Geneva drunk driving attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., today.

James Witherspoon

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Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

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