i live in Minnesota and want to throw a party on my parents private land. Like 300+ people and a DJ. Since it is private property are the cops allowed to come in and disrupt the party? Obviously there are always minors at a party and what not. What possible charges would be filed if they ARE allowed to come onto the private property? Parents are presents at the time of the party. Neighbors are aware and have no problem
Yes, the police can "disrupt" you party even though it is on private land if they believe illegal activities are occurring. The police don't have to wait until you ALLOW them. Just because it is private property does not make it sovereign nation.
The charges that could be filed are countless, well not countless but pretty much anything in the Minnesota Criminal Code. Three hundred or more people, minors, alcohol, possibly drugs, sexual activities, etc. is not a good mix. The fact that your parents and neighbors are on board is good for you, but means nothing as far as the law.
If you are breaking the law and/or disturbing the peace, the police can breakup your party and file criminal charges against you. You probably want to reconsider having a party with minors... If someone is hurt, you could face criminal or civil consequences, Tread lightly my friend...
Of course. Police may investigate any calls for a disturbance and may expand that investigation depending on what they observe and whether a reasonable suspicion of particularized criminal activity is observed - such as underage consumption.
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Don't do it - could end up real mess - you and your parents charged with corrupting morals of a minor, serving under aged kids, etc., etc - and G--d forbid someone get in an accident on the way home (or ends up killing someone - and this stuff happens - believe me) - sorry but just not worth the risks (and there are so many) - just t don't do it - you life is just starting don't need some catastrophic problem (nor do your need to lay that on your parents).
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The police, like any private citizen, are entitled to go the front door and knock. They can investigate claims of too much noise, underage drinking, drug use, etc. It is not true that "there are always minors at a party." It is only true if you allow it. That makes you responsible. What you are really saying is there will be underage drinking but that has nothing to do with you. Guess again. If any of the minors who get drunk at your party are later involved in car accidents and kill someone, you as the host will be liable. You cannot simply host 300+ people and then say they are someone else's responsibility. You are the host, and you are responsible. You are opening yourself up to a legal nightmare.
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I agree with the opinions here. The police may disrupt the party if they have cause to believe criminal behavior or due to noise complaints. If it was advertised over social media, it's possible the police are already aware of it, especially with 300+ people. Not only could there be charges to the minors for under age drinking, there can be SERIOUS consequences for your parents such as providing alcohol to minors and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If someone drives home intoxicated, even more serious charges may be brought for providing alcohol. It is highly inadvisable that minors be allowed to attend at the very least. And even with adults, things can get out of control in the blink of an eye. Best to you.
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