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Details on state’s Social Host Law

Key points in the Social Host Law

  If you furnish alcohol to anyone under 21, you can go to jail for up to one year and be fined up to $2,000.

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You do not have to be 21 to be charged.

 You have only to allow alcohol to be available.

 You do not have to be home to be held liable.

 You are liable whether the drinking is at a home, on a boat or a beach, or in a hotel room.

 You can be prosecuted whether or not someone is injured.

 You also may be sued if you allow a guest under age 21 to drink and if he or she becomes ill or dies from alcohol poisoning or other injuries — or if they injure or kill someone.

SOURCE: Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy

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