Hosting a Party With Alcohol Could Get You in Trouble

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

"If you have a party and you're providing the alcohol and people leave and get in a car accident you are at that point civilly liable. They could come back at that point, the deceased persons family members in the other car can come back and sue you." Dothan attorney Billy Sheffield said.

To get in the holiday spirit, some people decide to throw a party.
Friends, family, and even co-workers can gather together to celebrate.
But if you are the host of the party and you bring alcohol into the mix, you could be putting your life in danger.
If you're thinking about throwing a Christmas party this season, you may want to think twice about serving alcohol.
Attorneys in Dothan say if someone drinks too much at a party you threw, and then gets behind the wheel and injures themselves or someone else, you could be held accountable.
They say this is true even if someone is legal to drink and makes their own decision to indulge in alcoholic beverages.
Lawyers say it's the hosts' duty to make sure all of their guests leave in a safe condition.

"If you have a party and you're providing the alcohol and people leave and get in a car accident you are at that point civilly liable. They could come back at that point, the deceased persons family members in the other car can come back and sue you." Dothan attorney Billy Sheffield said.

Sheffield says if you don’t want to be held liable, he suggests not allowing alcohol at your party.
He suggests having your party at an establishment that has a liquor license, so the liability would be removed from you.


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