Not only is High School Graduation a season for DUIs and underage drinkers, it is a time where parents can find themselves in the hot seat. You're a thoughtful parent and want your teenager to have a well-deserved celebration at your house to prevent a possible DUI. A pool party at your house sounds like a great idea.
Your kid thinks so, too. But he (or she) also thinks that booze would make it even better. Raiding your bar is too obvious; buying and bringing it in himself is asking for trouble; so letting his friends handle it all seems to be the answer.
They'd probably bring beer, some wine and liquor, too. You may even suspect what's going on, but you want to be cool about it (since you probably did the same thing at his age) and are just glad everyone is having fun and your kid seems popular and happy.
You might even decide to act like the smart person you think you are and just acknowledge the drinking and take everyone's car keys to lessen the chance of anyone getting a DUI. That way those who overloaded can stay over or you'll drive them home yourself. No harm, no foul and no DUIs on your watch!
Actually, it is a big foul according to Chapter 186 of the Florida Statutes:
"A person having control of any residence may not allow an open house party to take place at the residence if any alcoholic beverage or drug is possessed or consumed at the residence by any minor where the person knows that an alcoholic beverage or drug is in the possession of or being consumed by a minor at the residence and where the person fails to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of the alcoholic beverage or drug." http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?mode=View%20Statutes&SubMenu=1&App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=alcohol+and+minors&URL=0800-0899/0856/Sections/0856.015.html
You could be arrested. If an injury or other mishap occurs, the penalties could be even greater and you could fid yourself a defendant in a large civil suit.
That's why you need to call your lawyer. Here at Scott T. Moorey, Attorneys-At-Law, we're available 24/7, because Good People Do Get Arrested.
If you are one of the Good Parents Who Do Get Arrested, then schedule your free initial legal consultation. You'll be meeting with either Scott Moorey or Lance Dunford, both skilled criminal defense attorneys with Fort Myers roots.
You need us to be the ones to listen to you, stand up for your rights and provide you with a strong defense. We want to help, so call or e-mail today.
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