Sunday, October 24, 2010

Marchman Act Blog Local News: Parents Teens and Alcohol: Florida law puzzles parents when it comes to underage drinking at parties

Two recent parties in Boca Raton in which parents were arrested for hosting booze-fueled bashes for hundreds of teens has raised awareness of a 1991 state law some say many parents never knew existed.

If anyone under 21 is caught drinking alcohol or using drugs at a party in your home or on your property, you could be arrested and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, according to Florida's 'open house party' law.

Police arrested Shlomo and Jeannie Rasabi and Paul and Ingrid Paolino at two homecoming after-parties for their teenage children in Boca Raton in a span of eight days, between Oct. 10 and 17. All received notices to appear in court.
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