If I am having a party at my house for a college crowd what can I legally be held responsible for by the cops?

June 5, 2009 14 Comments
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14 Comments to “If I am having a party at my house for a college crowd what can I legally be held responsible for by the cops?”
  1. MP US Army says:

    Everything that happens on the property.

  2. Me. says:

    If you supply alcohol and there are minors present you will be held responsible for distributing alcohol to minors.

  3. me2! says:

    Just don’t do it. If someone leaves and gets into an accident, it will be considered your fault.

  4. you can be arrested for anything that happens on your property

  5. A H says:

    Depends on the state you live in, where I live, if you overserve a guest and they end up hurting someone if they leave drunk, you can be held liable too. Or if you serve someone underage.

  6. In Ontario, if you are supplying the booze, you could be charged with supplying alcohol to a minor.

    Around here, generally if each person brings their own, then the police will charge individuals with “minor consume alcohol”.

    You may be held civilly liable if anyone leaves the party drunk and gets hurt on the way home.

  7. Enigma says:

    Yea pretty much everything that happens. Noise complaints are the usual and you should expect someone to call the law if it gets too loud. Underage drinking could be a problem too because you could be held responsible. Keep it clean.

  8. As the property owner you are responsible for your guests and there actions including any drinking, drug use loud noise or other actions that occur on the property.

  9. woolly worm says:

    THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION, VERY THOUGHTFUL !! CHECK THE INTERNET SEARCH UNDER VARIOUS HEADINGS. ALSO I WOULD POSSIBLY VISIT THE POLICE STATION AND ASK THEM OR IF YOU DONT WANT THAT EXPOSURE THEN HAVE A FRIEND FIND THE ANSWERS., ALSO THIS LEGALITY MAY VARY FROM STATE TO STATE AND CITY TO CITY. HAVE A VERY TIGHT CONTROL AS TO WHO DOES WHAT INCLUDING DRINKS, DRUGS AND ANYTHING ELSE. DO BE CAREFUL.

  10. 100% of everything. Noise, underage drinking, accidents/deaths caused by your underage drinkers, property damage just about anything else you can think of and can’t think of would all be on your shoulders. You couldn’t get me to put my financial life on the line and maybe even risk going to jail for a full on college party. Maybe a few people in a controlled environment but anything bigger and out of control than that no way.

  11. itz631 says:

    It really depends on what state you live in. For example, Connecticuit it is an infraction for a first offense and a misdeedmeanor for subsequent offenses to supply minors under 21 with alcohol or to fail halt their consumption of alcohol. In NY, you could actually be charged with “dealing unlawfully with a child”, I would assume various states have laws against supplying alcohol to minors. That being said, if you don’t make too much noise and don’t let anyone hang out outside then you should be OK. All these laws are pretty stupid the drinking age should be lowered to be 18

  12. Amy says:

    Yes, you could be held responsible, last week, there was this kid who went to a party, got drunk, and drove home, he lost control of his car, and ended up dying. So his parent sued the guy in charge of the party, and won, it was just a mess.

  13. david o says:

    If it’s your house ,your party and minors are served alcohol–with or without your knowledge or not having bought it yourself or if drugs are present, if the cops show up for any reason—you’re busted.

  14. Robert G says:

    Everything that occurs on your property. Everything that occurs after someone has left your property if it occured due to an incident that occurred while they were still on your property.

    For example, some worst-case scenarios: If someone gets raped or murdered at your party you could be named as an accessory.

    If someone gets drunk or drugged while at your party, even on some chemical that was provided to them by someone else a long time before they arrived at your party, and they leave your party and drive and get into a collision, you could be named as an accessory.

    If a couple of people hook up at your party and then go elsewhere to ‘get a room’ and anything illegal occurs before they get back to their respective residences, you could be named as an accessory.

    It doesn’t necessarily mean that a jury will find you guilty of anything, but, law-enforcement officers could cite you and/or arrest you as an accessory to almost anything like that.

    That’s why it’s always so important not to invite someone to a party that you might not really want to have there in the first place, and even more important not to invite anybody you know to be your enemy to a party at your own place.

    Instead, if you have to hold a party where there might be trouble, rent a banquet room at a hotel.

    Further, if you do hold your party at your place, be sure that NOBODY opens the door for just plain anybody. Not even you. Once the party gets underway, obtain and verify their identity before opening the door. I might sound paranoid, but, it’s a fact that most party-related arrests could be avoided by simply telling the police to go away and meaning it.

    BYOB parties do not protect the party-thrower.

    Carding is never a bad idea, but still won’t protect you from everything.

    When I was in highschool and went to keggers, because I never drank at any, I was always the keeper of everybody’s keys, and I never gave them back unless the person could pass some pretty rigorous sobriety tests. When I became an upperclassman, however, none of the parties I went to let anybody in or out after it was time to start the party, until after sunup, and sometimes a long time after sunup.

    College crowds might not like that kind of caring, but, it’s up to the host.

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