Colorado House Approves Efforts to Limit Marijuana Plants

Recreational marijuana use has been a hot topic in local and national news since Colorado voters legalized its recreational use with Amendment 64 in 2012. There has been no shortage of critics of legalization, nor has there been a dip in support. In fact, recent polls indicate Colorado voters have little regret over their decision to legalize recreational use, and, with the most recent election cycle, several other states have joined in legalizing recreational marijuana use. While the current federal government administration has done little to indicate how it will proceed with legalized recreational marijuana, other states where recreational use is not legal have also entered the fray by challenging legalized recreational measures citing criminal activity resulting from it. According to an article in the Denver Post, the Colorado House also cited criminal activity when it recently approved measures to limit private marijuana growth across the state.

Proposed New Limits

Currently, medical marijuana patients and caregivers can grow up to 99 plants that some law enforcement officials say is a loophole able to be exploited by international crime rings. They claim that people from other states and countries can come into Colorado and exploit the law to create legal marijuana growing operations that produce marijuana to be sold illegally. The proposed law would set a statewide limit of 16 plants per home, which is a significant reduction in the number of plants allowed. The proposed law would also allow local governments to impose stricter limits on marijuana growth and sales, which many locations already do. For instance, Denver has limited growth to 12 plants per home. The proposed law would allow licensed medical marijuana caregivers to continue to grow more than 16 plants, but anything in excess of the 16-plant limit would need to be grown in areas zoned for commercial marijuana growth. Before an amendment to make the plant cap 16, the original proposed legislation would have only allowed 12 plants per home.

The measure passed with bipartisan support, but some legislators that voted against the measure indicated that they did so over concerns that they are taking too broad of an action that may have little impact on the organized crime industry while critically affecting medical marijuana users’ access to marijuana. These proposed legislative changes would still need to be approved by the Colorado Senate and signed into law by the governor before taking effect.

Legal Assistance with Marijuana-Related Charges

While recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is still governed by strict state and local laws that you must abide by. If you have been charged with violating these laws, it is important to work with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney to defend against them. A conviction for violating these laws can have severe consequences, including hefty fines and potentially lengthy jail time. If you have been charged with marijuana-related drug crimes, or other drug crimes, contact the criminal defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation and find out more information about what options might be available to you in your defense.

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State Asked to Order Investigation into Breathalyzer Certifications

The Colorado Department of Transportation and law enforcement departments across the state are focused on cracking down on drunk drivers in Colorado. In an effort to make the streets safer after 2016 coming in as one of the deadliest years on record for DUI fatalities, current drunk driving enforcement measures are being supplemented by new programs aimed at curbing drunk driving. One of the most common tools used to combat drunk driving is the breathalyzer, which law enforcement officials use to do roadside chemical testing of individuals suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. However, CBS – Denver reports that recent revelations from a whistleblower may raise issues for hundreds of DUI breath testing machines in service across Colorado.

Raising the Alarm

According to the report, a former electronics technician employed with the Colorado Department of Health for five years has come forward to say that his signature was forged so the State of Colorado could rush hundreds of these breath testing machines into service. According to the former employee, the machines were signed off on by untrained civilians that did not actually work for the Colorado Department of Health. The signature certifying these machines would have indicated that the machines were accurate and calibrated for DUI breath testing.

In fact, as many as 150 machines may have been certified as a result of forged signatures the former employee said were used to meet high-pressure deadlines for the machines to be put into service. The report notes that the former employee states it would have been impossible to test all 162 machines in the amount of time allowed for the testing. According to the report, this is not the only discrepancy found in the Department of Health’s DUI testing program as it appears the use of the breath testing machines was approved by the testing lab’s former director long after she left the position.

As a result of these revelations, the Colorado Defense Bar has requested that Governor John Hickenlooper order an independent investigation into the certification process of hundreds of Intoxilyzer 9000 machines used to test for breath alcohol levels in drivers across the state. The potentially improper breath testing machine certifications could lead to many DUI acquittals across the state as more and more people become aware of the potential fraud surrounding certification of the machines.

Legal Assistance Defending Against DUIs

As you can see, there are many factors a Colorado criminal defense attorney that focuses their practice on DUIs should be aware of in preparing your case. One of the many aspects of a DUI case is the accuracy of chemical testing used and whether or not there may be issues with the results of such tests. However, many other circumstances surrounding such charges may also come into play. If you are facing alcohol-related driving charges in Colorado, contact the Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more information about your charges and what options might be available to you in your defense.

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New Administration Takes Aim at Recreational Marijuana Use

Each time the political climate changes, it brings with it changes in policies and laws that can affect a wide range of different issues across all states. When Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the previous administration issued binding guidance that said the federal government would not interfere with recreational marijuana use in states where it is considered to be legal. However, a recent Fox 31 – Denver report says that the current administration may be ready to take a different approach when it comes to recreational marijuana.

Changing Recreational Marijuana Outlook

According to the report, most drug enforcement operations are handled locally with little involvement from the federal government. However, under federal law, marijuana is still considered an illegal controlled substance. Since federal law generally supersedes state law, the federal government’s approach to recreational marijuana use could dictate the substance’s future in states where recreational use is legal. The New York Post quoted the current press secretary as saying, “There is still a federal law that we need to abide by,” and, “I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement of it.” The newly confirmed United States Attorney General is an outspoken critic of marijuana, either for medicinal or recreational purposes, and offered little insight during his confirmation as to what position he would take.

While not indicative of any definite action, the Fox 31 report noted that the press secretary linked recreational marijuana use with opioid abuse. Critics of criminalizing recreational marijuana believe that the federal government may be using the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation as a way to rally support against legalized recreational marijuana. They point out that science has demonstrated marijuana does not serve as a so-called gateway drug that exposes recreational marijuana user to harder, more dangerous substances. They have also pointed out that access to marijuana may correlate to a significant decrease in opioid addiction and death, basing this assertion on a report that showed states with legalized marijuana had fewer opioid prescriptions and lower numbers of reported overdoses.

Colorado’s Governor Hickenlooper has stated that he believes it is premature to speculate as to what action, if any, the new administration will take regarding recreational use. He pointed out that he had worked with the United States Department of Justice since recreational marijuana use was legalized in Colorado to design a framework that would respect the wishes of Colorado voters while ensuring public safety. However, a change in the federal government’s current enforcement strategy – or lack thereof – regarding marijuana could mean a tough road ahead for the budding recreational marijuana industry poised to grow on the hells of further legalization during the last election.

Legal Assistance with Drug-Related Charges

Even though recreational marijuana use is currently legal in Colorado, you must still abide by the rules and regulations that govern it. Running afoul of these laws can result in serious consequences. If you are facing marijuana or other drug-related charges, working with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney can help ensure you don’t have to face those charges alone. Contact the Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more information about the charges you are facing as well as some options that might be available to you in your defense.

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Super Bowl DUIs Lower This Year

Colorado breaks heightened DUI enforcement periods up throughout the year in a campaign known as “The Heat is On.” Heightened enforcement periods consist of increased police presence on roads throughout the state, increased DUI checkpoints, law enforcement overtime, and public awareness campaigns. When combined with other efforts, these enforcement periods are aimed at keeping Coloradans safer on roadways. One such enforcement period is Super Bowl weekend, and a recent article in the Denver Post indicate that these efforts may be working because the number of this year’s arrests are down from the same period last year.

The Numbers

According to the article, this year’s Super Bowl enforcement period saw 273 arrests statewide, down from last year’s total of 325 arrests. This represents a roughly 16% decline in overall arrests during the Super Bowl from last year. 97 law enforcement agencies from around the state participated in the Super Bowl enforcement period this year, with the Colorado State Patrol making 38 arrests.

Law enforcement officials want to remind Coloradans that drinking and driving is a serious offense, and can be fatal. To help, the Colorado Department of Transportation (“CDOT”) has recently unveiled a new campaign called “What Will You Lose?” that is meant to supplement ongoing public awareness campaigns that remind drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs as well as the consequences of receiving a citation for driving under the influence or driving while ability impaired. CDOT also has a downloadable smartphone app that helps drivers understand how impaired they are based on information they enter into the app. CDOT has also hosted events with breathalyzers so that people can have a better understanding of how impaired they are, and offers discounted rides on popular ridesharing services for new customers.

Whether it is because the Denver Broncos were not playing this year or because the various campaigns aimed at curbing drunk driving have gotten the message out to more Coloradans that even one drink can impair your ability to drive, the numbers indicate that drunk driving-related citations are declining across the state. However, even with this decline being in line with an overall decline in citations last year, 2016 was still one of the worst years on record for DUI-related fatalities and law enforcement officials are hoping to ensure this year does not end the same way. Last year, nearly a third of Colorado’s traffic fatalities involved an impaired driver. The next enforcement period will target St. Patrick’s Day.

Legal Assistance with a DUI

Facing DUI charges alone can be intimidating. However, if you work with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney, then you do not have to navigate the legal process involved by yourself. Contact the criminal defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more about the charges you are facing as well as what options might be available to you in your defense.

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“Pot Breathalyzers” May Soon Be Used to Test Drivers

While driving under the influence of marijuana is a crime and can cause serious consequences, the testing mechanisms for marijuana impairment have not kept up with the changing laws surrounding recreational marijuana use. One constant complaint with current marijuana impairment tests for drivers is that they provide inconsistent and/or unreliable results. However, as companies research new ways to help safeguard the recreational marijuana industry, new technology is evolving that could help law enforcement officials test for marijuana impairment with a breathalyzer to provide a more accurate reading of how impaired an individual actually is.

Pot Breathalyzers

According to U.S. News & World Report, law enforcement officials first used a marijuana breathalyzer in September of 2016 to evaluate impaired drivers. Testing of drivers that were driving erratically or had committed minor traffic infractions was done when drivers were pulled over and told that if they cooperated, they would not be arrested for their readings after blowing into the breathalyzer device. Individuals indicated that they would cooperate because they were curious about how the technology worked and law enforcement officials testing the device reminded them that under different circumstances they would be arrested. Two drivers that admitted to having smoked marijuana within 30 minutes prior to driving had much higher readings than other drivers, including those that admitted to having smoked marijuana within two to three hours before driving. This fits within the window of time that the device has been designed to measure tetrahydrocannabinol – known as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana – on the breath of people that have smoked it.

None of the drivers in the roadside testing trials had recently used edible marijuana products. The company behind the technology says that testing on medical marijuana patients who had consumed some state-legal medical marijuana edibles revealed that the device could also detect edible marijuana use and impairment. The new technology is now undergoing extensive laboratory testing to ensure that it provides consistently accurate results, and the developers are seeking law enforcement departments across the country to help implement real world testing trials.

The new technology may become more widely available this year if the developer’s plans for distribution remain on track with continued testing and improvement of the device. Both sides of the recreational marijuana movement are likely to welcome the use of this device. For opponents of recreational marijuana use, the device may make them feel more secure that it is being used to keep drivers impaired by marijuana use off the road. For proponents of recreational marijuana use, this technology could eliminate the issues raised by marijuana that could linger in an individual’s system for an extended period, potentially causing false positives for drivers and increasing the risk of false arrests.

Help with Marijuana-Related Charges

Even though recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is still possible to run afoul of the state’s drug laws governing such use. When that happens, either from possession-related charges or charges related to driving under the influence of drugs, consequences can be severe. However, you do not have to face these charges alone. An experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney can help you face these charges with a defense appropriate to your circumstances. Contact the Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more information about the charges you are facing as well as what options might be available to you in facing them.

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Mandatory Minimums Considered for Repeat DUI Offenders

A 2015 law made a fourth or subsequent Colorado DUI a felony offense. As a result, a person who is convicted of a fourth or subsequent lifetime DUI offense, regardless of where the first three were received, is eligible for punishment under felony sentencing guidelines. Typically, a DUI is classified as a misdemeanor offense unless there is severe injury or a fatality that results. Since the law took effect, both supporters and detractors have watched closely to gain a better understanding of the law’s impact. A recent article in the Vail Daily about a seven-time DUI offender’s sentence may have reignited the debate.

The Incident

The female driver had been traveling along a highway in Leadville when her car went off the road, causing damage to a church fence as well as the side of a mobile home. She had a blood alcohol concentration that was more than two times the legal limit and had been taking Adderall, a drug commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that can sometimes be misused. This resulted in the woman’s seventh DUI in nine years. Prosecutors requested a seven-year prison sentence, and the defendant was ultimately sentenced to 60 days in jail with the ability to leave for work as well as treatment in a program administered through the Eagle County Drug Court.

Lawmaker Response

Initially, lawmakers had sought to appease opponents of the legislation who believed it was too punitive in nature by eliminating mandatory minimum prison sentences so that sentencing in most circumstances was left to the judge’s discretion. This allowed judges to consider the individual circumstances of a repeat DUI offender charge when making sentencing decisions. This also allowed individuals to seek treatment options that might not be available to them were they to be sentenced to a mandatory prison term.

However, many lawmakers and prosecutors across Colorado are asking for mandatory minimums to become part of the law. They believe the law does little to discourage repeat offenders who know that there is a chance they could be sentenced only to probation. The article points out that some felony DUI offenders actually receive lighter sentences than those facing their third misdemeanor offense that has a mandatory sentence of 60 days in jail. Supporters of a stricter version of the law believe that repeat offenders are proof that rehabilitative efforts have been tried at some point and failed. They believe the risk of a stricter felony DUI law being too punitive is outweighed by the reduction in risk they believe mandatory minimum sentencing could provide.

According to a 2016 Denver Post analysis referenced in the article, approximately 25% of the felony DUI cases in Colorado since the law’s passage have resulted in probation or community service with no jail time imposed. Under the law, jail time would be served in a state correctional facility and not a local jail. Lawmakers who had a hand in the passage of the law believe that it is working and will continue to do so.

Legal Assistance with DUI

If you have been charged with a DUI, and especially if it is a repeat offense, the legal system can be intimidating. Working with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney who focuses their practice on defending individuals facing similar charges can help you navigate the process more smoothly. If you are facing DUI or other alcohol-related charges, contact the Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more information about the charges you are facing as well as what options might be available to you in your defense.

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Colorado Department of Transportation Unveils New Campaign to Combat DUIs

 

As part of its ongoing efforts to combat drunk driving in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation (“CDOT”) has recently unveiled a new campaign aimed at reminding Coloradans that even one drink can impair their ability to drive and have extremely serious consequences. CDOT says that the new “What Will You Lose?” campaign features real Colorado DUI offenders that have learned firsthand what consequences come with a DUI conviction.  

A New ApproachColorado Department of Transportation

While DUIs have been on the decline in Colorado, CDOT says that an average of 77 drivers per day are arrested in Colorado for driving under the influence or driving while impaired. To help ensure that number continues to decrease, the new campaign uses real DUI offenders to send a message to other Coloradans. The people featured in the ads are volunteers that are either currently incarcerated for DUI charges or have lost their license, job, and/or other things because of a DUI. Some participants are currently serving lengthy prison sentences and one poster offers a reminder that “felony” is a label that follows you everywhere you go. For some people, that can be more of a deterrent than fines and other related consequences.

CDOT officials believe that messages from real people who have suffered the consequences of receiving a DUI or felony DUI are more powerful than being reminded of these consequences by law enforcement officials. CDOT says some messages include:

  • “I was on top of the world and one quick decision to drink and drive completely tore my life apart and turned it upside down.”
  • “I’ve lost relationships, freedom, my job. It’s been earth-shattering.”
  • “I was just like any 25-year-old girl who would go out and party with friends. I had a good job and never thought that I would be the one to get a DUI.”

The campaign features videos that are currently airing on Colorado broadcast television as well as posters that will be placed in bars across the state. The campaign focuses especially on the Colorado felony DUI law which has faced criticism for what some believe is a failure to adequately punish repeat DUI offenders. According to CDOT, there were more than 1,300 felony DUI cases in 2016 alone. CDOT is working with the Colorado Department of Corrections, Office of Behavioral Health, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, DUI-prevention advocates, and treatment facilities throughout the state to spread the word about the felony DUI law as well as the dangers of getting even one DUI.

Legal Assistance

If you have been charged with a DUI or other alcohol-related criminal act, it is important to remember that you have rights that must be protected. Working with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney that has focused their practice on working with clients facing similar charges can help you ensure that you do not have to face such charges alone. Contact the Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more about the charges you are facing as well as what options might be available to you in your defense.

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Understanding Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

 

Most people are familiar with what happens during a traffic stop if a police officer suspects you have been driving under the influence of alcohol. An officer will usually begin by asking you if you have been drinking, and will likely follow that question up by asking you to get out of your vehicle and perform what are known as roadside sobriety tests, which are tests developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be administered to individuals suspected of drunk driving. Understanding these tests is an important part of understanding your rights and in defending against potential Colorado DUI charges.

Standardized Field Sobriety Test

There are several roadside testing options available to law enforcement officials. However, the three most popular ones make up the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. These are:

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (“HGN”): The HGN is an involuntary jerking in the eye that naturally occurs when you move your eyes to the side. Usually this occurs when individuals move their eyes to the side at abrupt angles, but alcohol impairment can lead to this effect at lesser angles. Often this test is conducted by an officer asking you to follow a pen or flashlight with your eyes as the object moves from side to side. During this test, law enforcement officers will also try to determine whether or not a person has difficulty tracking an object as well as whether HGN is occurring.
  • Standing on One Leg: This is one of two tests given to divide your attention between two different tasks. Usually, it involves an officer asking you to raise one foot a certain distance off the ground and maintain balance for 30 seconds while counting. An officer typically looks to see if a person is able to maintain their balance without swaying, hopping, using arms for balance, or needing to put their foot back down on the ground.
  • Walk and Turn: Another of the divided attention tests employed by law enforcement officials, this test generally asks a person to take nine heel-to-toe steps in a straight line, pivot back on one foot, and return to where you started in the same way. Law enforcement officers are supposed to observe this test and look for eight different signs of impairment throughout the test such as not walking in a straight line, not walking heel-to-toe, or stopping during the test to regain balance.

While these tests may seem straightforward, they are usually much harder than they sound. Any number of variables can affect how well a person performs any given test, such as weather conditions or an uneven roadside surface. Additionally, medical conditions can also have an impact on how well a person performs these tests. Sometimes, police officers will also give suspects misleading or confusing directions to make the tests more difficult and ensure that they can find the necessary number of impairment indicators. While the Standardized Field Sobriety Test is widely used and recognized, it is not necessarily an accurate indicator of whether or not a person is intoxicated especially if law enforcement officials conducting the tests have not been properly trained to do so.

Nature of the Tests

One important thing to remember is that these roadside tests are voluntary as opposed to chemical testing which is mandatory. In other words, by holding a driver’s license you agree to submit to chemical testing and refusal to do so can result in automatic suspension of your license – but you do not have to perform roadside sobriety testing. If you choose to perform the roadside tests, any findings from them can and likely will be used against you.

Legal Assistance with DUI-Related Charges

DUI-related charges are serious criminal charges in Colorado, especially for repeat offenders. Facing DUI-related charges can be intimidating, but you do not have to face such charges alone. If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, it is important to remember that you still have rights that must be protected. Working with an experienced DUI criminal defense team is an important step in ensuring your rights were not violated and that you are able to provide a strong defense. If you are facing these types of charges, contact the Colorado criminal defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more about what options might be available to you.  

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Manufacturer of Smartphone Breathalyzer Settles with FTC Over Product Accuracy Claims

 

Several years ago, an entrepreneur pitched his smartphone breathalyzer technology to a group of investors. The idea was to create technology that was accessible to everyone, compact enough to be portable, and advanced enough to provide blood alcohol concentration readings on smartphones for consumers on the verge of making life and death decisions. That started the ball rolling on millions of dollars in sales and gave birth to a new industry of similar competitors. However, independent studies conducted since the emergence of this technology and a recent settlement between the original inventor and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) demonstrate that consumers may have been placing too much trust in personal breathalyzers.

The Claims

Fortune recently reported that the claims at issue in the settlement revolved around specific wording the manufacturer used in promoting its products. According to the article, the manufacturer had claimed that the products were proven through “government-lab grade testing” and that one of the two products under investigation was a “law-enforcement grade product.” The FTC alleged that the manufacturer was aware that its product regularly understated a user’s blood alcohol concentration. The FTC notes that it files complaints such as this when it believes that the law has been or is being violated and subsequent proceedings would be in the public’s best interest. The allegations of underreporting blood alcohol concentration in readings and the potential danger of users choosing to drive under the influence because of inaccurate readings led the FTC to unanimously decide to move forward with the complaint. The company in question stated that they voluntarily chose to settle the matter. The settlement prohibits the company from making future product claims that are not backed by extensive testing. The settlement also requires the company to notify consumers that purchased its product and refund consumers that request it.

Another article from Fortune published in 2014 tested a variety of these devices, including one of those related to the FTC settlement. The author discovered that each device provided a different reading, and while some were closer in readings to each other than others, none of them could be determined to be completely accurate. Ultimately, the safest decisions you can make about drinking and driving is not to do it. If you do drink, you should wait the appropriate amount of time for your body to process alcohol and you to become sober again so that you can safely operate a vehicle. While personal breathalyzers can serve as a reminder that even one drink, or a couple drinks over a period of time, can impair your ability to drive, they do not necessarily provide accurate enough readings for you to make judgments regarding your level of impairment.

Legal Assistance with Alcohol-Related Charges

If you are facing alcohol-related charges, such as driving under the influence or driving while ability impaired, it is important to work with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney that focuses their work on defending clients facing similar charges. For help with your alcohol-related charges, contact the criminal defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more about the charges you are facing as well as possibilities for your defense that may be available based on your circumstances.

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Colorado Social Host Liability and Underage Drinking

It is something that has happened for generations. Kids and their friends sneak into their parents’ liquor cabinets and drink their alcohol. In some cases, some parents even provide alcohol for their kids and their kids’ friends. Many parents believe that as long as the kids are being responsible and staying in, it is better to have them drink at home with their friends than risk drinking and driving. However, issues arise when one of those kids decides to leave while intoxicated and injures him or herself or another person. In such cases, parents that provided alcoholic beverages to the minor that caused injury could be held civilly liable for damages related to the injury.

The Social Host Liability Law

Most people are familiar with the basic idea of a dram shop law. A dram shop law, which most states have, is a law that makes a business that sells alcoholic beverages to someone that is obviously intoxicated liable for damages that result from doing so. Colorado’s dram shop law, found in C.R.S. §12-47-801, not only covers business that sell alcohol but also includes provisions that cover social hosts. The applicable language of the statute from subsection 4(a) is:

“No social host who furnishes any alcohol beverage is civilly liable to nay injured individual or his or her estate for any injury to such individual or damage to any property suffered, including action for wrongful death, because of the intoxication of any person due to the consumption of such alcohol beverages, except when it is proven that the social host knowingly served any alcohol beverage to such person who was under the age of twenty-one years or knowingly provided the person under the age of twenty-one a place to consume an alcohol beverage.”

Other provisions within the statute require any civil suit filed under to be commenced within one year of an injury and limit damages to $150,000.

Basically, this means that if you provide alcohol to a minor or provide minors a place in which to consume alcohol and one of the minor injures or kills another  or damages the property of another  while intoxicated from the consumption of alcohol, you can be held liable for injury to a third person or damages to property. Provisions within the law prohibit the estate of the minor that caused injury or damage from seeking any compensation from you, but the family or estate of a minor’s victim may do so. So, you can be held liable for damages resulting from a minor that receives a DUI after you have provided that minor with alcohol or a place to consume alcohol.

Legal Assistance with Alcohol-Related Charges

While social host liability is a civil matter, meaning no criminal charges come from a civil suit filed under it, you may be facing other charges related to alcohol that can carry severe criminal consequences. If you are facing alcohol-related charges, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney that focuses their practice on working with clients facing similar charges. Contact the Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can discuss more about the circumstances of your case and find out more information about what options might be available in your defense.

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