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Social Host Liability
As a social host you will be liable if you serve alcohol to your guests and one of the guests causes an accident due to intoxication. This liability of the social host is often referred to as social host alcohol liability. State law governs social host alcohol liability and varies from state to state. An experienced Atlanta dram shop liability lawyer can advise you in the social host alcohol liability in your state.
The state law will determine the exact liability of a social host. There are a few states with no social host alcohol liability laws. In some states the liability of the social host is limited to the injuries that occur on the host’s premises. In some states however social host alcohol liability will extend to the injuries that occur anywhere so long as the injuries are caused by the intoxicated guest. In most states a social host will be liable under the social host alcohol liability law if he or she serves alcohol to a minor. Consult with an experienced to understand the social host alcohol liability law of your state. Generally a social host must exercise restraint while serving alcohol to any guest who shows signs of intoxication. A social host should refuse to provide alcohol to any guest who is showing signing of intoxication demands more alcohol. En employer hosting a party for employees will be subject to greater liability than a normal social host in many states.
A social host can be subject civil as well as criminal liabilities. In many states, the injured victims can bring a civil lawsuit against the social host for compensation and damages. The state will initiate criminal proceedings against the social host. If you are facing a civil or criminal lawsuit on social host alcohol liability, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney. The outcome of the civil lawsuit will have no bearing on the outcome of the criminal lawsuit. Generally in a civil lawsuit, the court will order to pay compensation and damages that can run into millions of dollars. An experienced attorney can defend the lawsuit against you. If you are convicted in the criminal proceeding, you can be sent to prison. Do not take a social host alcohol liability charge lightly. Seek the services of an experienced attorney to fight the criminal charges against you.
As a social host there are many precautions you can take to avoid liability under your state social host alcohol liability laws. Perhaps the easiest thing would be to not serve alcohol to any guest who appears intoxicated. Even the slightest signs of intoxication should be enough for you to refuse more alcohol to that guest. If the guest is intoxicated, you should ensure that he or she is kept under control until the effects of alcohol wears out. But we are all humans and can commit mistakes. Fight a social host alcohol liability charge by yourself can be disastrous. You will not have the skill and expertise required to fight the charge. Hire the services of an experienced attorney.