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In this week's ABC News segment, Montlick & Associates Family Safety Advocate, Jacquie Palisi explains the dangers associated with underage drinking and the legal consequences adults could face under Georgia's Social Host laws and ordinances. Watch the video and click on the links below to learn more about these important laws and how you can help protect your teens from underage drinking, and potentially lethal, drunk driving accidents.
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Montlick & Associates, Atlanta Injury Lawyers, Discusses Georgia's New Social Host Ordinances; Laws Designed to Prevent Underage Drinking and DUI Deaths
In addition to the potentially lethal consequences when teens drink and drive, adults who serve alcohol to underage drinkers can also face serious legal consequences. That's why the Atlanta Injury Lawyers from Montlick & Associates is helping to educate the public about Georgia's state and local "social host" liability laws. In the video posted at the top of this page, the experienced personal injury attorneys from Montlick & Associates advise parents to be vigilant whenever teens gather at your house - and to always stay informed about the laws in your area. Additional resources are available at Montlick.com including the firm's driver safety guide "Five Steps to Help Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents."
Georgia's Social Host Law was enacted in 1985, and allows courts to settle civil lawsuits against adults who serve alcohol negligently. This means, for example, if you serve alcohol to an underage drinker and he or she gets in a drunk driving accident, you could be convicted and face severe financial penalties.
In addition to Georgia's Social Host Law, some towns, like Kennesaw and Austell, have enacted their own "social host ordinance" to help combat underage drinking. Under a social host ordinance - also called a "Teen Party Ordinance", parents, guardians, and even older siblings could be held legally responsible for underage drinking that occurs in their house- even if the adult did not furnish the alcohol. The new ordinances mean that even if teens sneak in the alcohol, the adult could be held responsible if the adult knows about the party and fails to take reasonable steps to prevent the underage drinking.
If you or someone you love is injured by an alcohol impaired teen driver, our experienced Georgia DUI Accident Attorneys will provide you with caring, compassionate and highly effective legal representation. Montlick & Associates has served clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast for over 30 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.
Underage drinking is always a big concern, but even more so during prom season and spring break. That's why the attorneys from Montlick & Associates advise parents to stay informed about the laws in your area, and to be vigilant whenever teens gather at your house.