How One College Party Could Result in Huge Legal Consequences
College is a time to learn and prep for your future career, yes, but it is also a time to experiment and have fun. It is one of the last chances you will have to be young and silly with very few consequences before you start your adult life. However, sometimes people have to learn hard life lessons in college, and sometimes those hard life lessons can result from one fateful party.
Consider this scenario: You decided to throw a party with alcohol that may or may not abide with your university’s rules on the subject. Most of your friends are above the legal drinking age, but perhaps a few of your younger friends come by too. Things get a little rowdy, perhaps a fight breaks out in the parking lot outside, and the cops are called. The party is split up, but because your underage friends were drinking, you are arrested for furnishing minors with alcohol.
The Legal Consequences of Furnishing Minors with Alcohol
Giving a minor alcohol seems rather harmless, but it can have serious legal and life consequences. For those above the legal drinking age who were responsible for a party or event where minors were drinking face gross misdemeanor charges that can result in a fine up to $3,000 or one year in jail. In some cases, these charges can be argued in court as an adult over the drinking age who did not have reasonable knowledge the minors were drinking, thus having no way to stop it, will not be held responsible.
In the scenario above, if you did not furnish the alcohol for the party overall nor did you encourage people to bring their own, yet it ended up there, you could argue that you had no knowledge of it. If it is deemed that you could have taken steps to remove the alcohol from a minor, then you may still be held responsible of it though.
The Life Consequences of Giving Alcohol to a Minor
While the legal consequences of furnishing an a minor with alcohol may not seem particularly frightening, especially as a misdemeanor that won’t quite follow you around in life the same way as a felony will, but that doesn’t mean those are the only consequences.
Aside from the legal consequences of furnishing alcohol to minors at a college party, you may also face life consequences in the form you’re your own university’s bylaws. If your party took place off campus, then you are protected. However, if it took place in campus housing, many of Minnesota’s learning institutions have specific rules in place to prevent drinking on campus or minors drinking on campus. This means that if attention is brought to your party in the form of police officers, you may also find yourself facing punishment or expulsion for it as well which can throw your whole life off course.
Seeking Legal Representation
There is no doubt that college is a time for mistakes so you can learn from them and grow into a better adult. However, those mistakes shouldn’t be of an illegal nature. You can grow from those mistakes, but it can slow your ascent into a successful life as well. This is why you need an attorney in your corner so if you do make a big mistakes with potential legal consequences, they can help to protect you. If you are going to school in the Minneapolis area and were caught furnishing minors with alcohol or other serious crimes, contact us today. The Law Office of Judith Samson is an advocate that you can count on to always be in your corner.
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