As prom and graduation season begins, It is important for parents to speak to their teenagers about the dangers of drinking and driving. While our children's safety is most important, parents who allow underage drinkers to consume alcohol in their home should also learn about their own potential social host liability under Massachusetts law.
Anyone under 21 who drinks or possesses alcohol in Massachusetts can be charged criminally. Anyone who furnishes alcohol to a person under the age of 21 can also be prosecuted.
But many people are unaware of their responsibilities under the Massachusetts social host responsibility law. Parents, teens and others who provide alcohol to teens and allow teens to consume alcohol in their home may face serious consequences, including imprisonment and fines.
"Safety is the most important point in any conversation about drinking and driving," said Boston attorney David W. White. "It is particularly important that parents have zero tolerance for underage drinking in their homes, and obviously they must not supply any alcohol to minors. Providing even a small amount of alcohol to an underage drinker may result in a large civil judgment if it contributes to an accident."
White urged parents to intervene to ensure that prom celebrations do not include alcohol and to make sure that prom season does not result in needless injuries or loss of life.
The Massachusetts personal injury lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston are experienced at handling cases involving social host responsibility, drunk driving and motor vehicle accidents. If you have been injured, it is important to learn your rights. For a free legal consultation, contact us today at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.