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What can happen if teenagers bring alcohol into your home and drink without your knowledge?

Does it make a difference if they bring the alcohol into your home rather than take from the home? What about if they are over 18 but under 21?

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    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    You are responsible for what goes on in your home.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 1/22/2013
    Richard Williams | Law Office of Richard Williams
    301 Government Street, Suite 104
    Mobile, AL 36602
    (251) 272-3765
    It is illegal to drink alcohol prior to being age 21. If minors consume alcohol even in your home they could be charged. If they are having a party in your home, even though you may not know about it, you could be charged with promoting a house party where underage minors are allowed to consume alcohol. You might find yourself going to court to have to prove that you did not have knowledge and that you did not approve or condone the behavior. Of course, you would have been arrested, charged and taken to jail before going to court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 1/22/2013
    Sally Hamblin | Hamblin Law Office
    4015 W. Houghton Lake Drive
    Houghton Lake, MI 48629
    (228) 224-7120
    Regardless if brought in or take from if under age, 21, it is illegal Without your knowledge can mean different things under different situations. Are you home and not paying attention. Did you leave the house knowing a gathering was going to take place, etc. Illegal for underage person to drink. Civil liability possibly to homeowner depending on all facts.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/21/2013
    Dennis P. Mikko | Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law
    1020 Hastings, Suite 105
    Traverse City, MI 49686
    (231) 922-7374
    A person under 21 years of age cannot possess alcohol. If they bring it into your home and you are aware of it, you could still face possible criminal charges for allowing it to happen. If you have no knowledge of it being in your home, then charges are not likely.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/21/2013
    John F Brennan | Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    24001 Greater Mack
    St Clair Shores, MI 48080
    (586) 778-0900
    If you are aware they are drinking at your home you are potentially liable, If had a choice would prefer they brought it or they stole it and drank it without my knowledge.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/21/2013
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