As the 2009-2010 school year winds to an end, we here at Perenich The Law Firm wish to congratulate all those students who are graduating. However, in the midst of your celebrating, it is advisable to follow Florida state law that prohibits adults from giving underage party-goers alcohol. The Florida “Open House Parties” law was written expressly to restrict minors from having parties and consuming alcohol under parental supervision.
If someone were to host a party where they did not take reasonable steps to prevent minors from obtaining alcohol, they could be subject to punishment up to 60 days in jail. However, we are more concerned with the consequences that may result from minors leaving such an open house party.
If you were to be hit by an inebriated minor who was given alcohol at someone’s party, the Florida law states that the responsible parents in charge of the party can be held liable for that minor’s actions. Giving alcohol to minors not only breaks the law, but places others in harm’s way. Although it may have been well-intentioned to “supervise” the drinking of minors, the cold fact is that it is legally wrong to provide the alcohol to the minors. Those who go ahead and serve minors alcohol anyway places you and your loved ones at risk.
If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident or some other incident stemming from a minor who was given alcohol, you may have the opportunity to seek recourse from the parents who illegally supplied the alcohol. At Perenich The Law Firm, helping to create a safer community is our top priority, and we can assist you in instances where someone’s negligent and illegal behavior hurts you or those you love. As your Clearwater and Tampa Bay personal injury lawyers, we can help you hold accountable those who willfully put you in harm’s way.