As Graduation season commences, the Suffolk County Police Department is reaching out to the community, reminding parents and other adults hosting parties of Suffolk County’s Social Host Law. The purpose of this law is to deter underage drinking parties or gatherings where adults knowingly allow minors to drink alcohol or alcoholic beverages. The law holds responsible any adult over the age of 18 who knowingly allows the consumption of alcohol by any person(s) under the age of 21 at a place that is under the adult’s control, whether or not the adult provided the alcohol.
Any adult can be charged if they fail to take “reasonable corrective action” upon learning that a minor is drinking alcohol on premises under their control. This may include promptly demanding that the minor(s) stop drinking the alcoholic beverage or leave the premises. If the minor(s) fail to comply the adult should promptly report the underage drinking to local law enforcement or the parent or guardian of the minor(s).
For a first offense, an adult may be fined from $250 to $500. For second and subsequent offenses, an adult may be charged with a misdemeanor, fined up to $1,000, and/or imprisoned for up to one year. Other laws that may apply include the New York State Penal Law, Alcohol Beverage Control Law, and other state and local laws which prohibit the sale of alcohol to a person under 21, purchase of alcohol for a person under 21, or behavior with a person under 21that endangers their welfare.
Illegal consumption of alcohol by minors should be promptly report to Non-Emergency Police Response at: (631) 852-COPS (2677).
Emergencies, including reports of a possible overdose, intoxicated or impaired driver should be reported to 911.
You may report information regarding future parties where alcohol or other substances will be unlawfully consumed to the Crime Stoppers confidential tip hotline by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, or texting “SCPD” to “CRIMES” (274637), or emailing at www.tipsubmit.com
For more information visit the following websites:
Parents: The Anti-Drug at www.theantidrug.com
Suffolk Police Department www.suffolkpd.org
Or contact the Community Response Bureau at (631) 852-6109