Colorado Social Host Laws

The roads are more dangerous during prom and graduation weeks. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, car accidents injure over 5,000 teens and kill an average 48 teens on prom weekends. Considering this alarming statistic (along with the already high rates of car accidents involving teenagers on any day of the year), it might sound like a good idea to host the prom or graduation after party in the safety of your own home. After all, you will be able to keep an eye on the kids and make sure nothing bad happens. But what if something bad does happen? Can you be held liable?

According to Colorado social host laws, yes. In general, a party host cannot be held liable if someone drinks their alcohol and causes damage. However, there is an exception if a host serves alcohol to minors, which states that a host can be held liable if:

“[T]he social host knowingly served any alcohol beverages to such person who was under the age of twenty-one years or knowingly provided the person under the age of twenty-one a place to consume an alcoholic beverage[.]”

In other words, if an adult serves alcohol to a minor or allows minors to drink in the adult’s house, that adult could be held liable for any personal or property damage that a minor might cause while under the influence.

Keep this law in mind when your child makes his or her plans for the after prom or after graduation party. Let your child have fun, but keep him or her safe at the same time.

The Metier Law Firm, LLCDenver accident attorneys

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