I am 18 years old and my friends and I are having a new years eve party without my parents being home. They agreed to the party and are aware that there will be drinking and no one is allowed to leave if they have consumed alcohol. What they are concerned about though is if they will be liable if anything happens to any of the adults.
Yes, your parents could be liable. The drinking age in Texas is 21. The only exception to that is WHEN PARENTS ARE PRESENT. If your parents knowingly allow a drinking party to take place in their home with anyone under the age of 21, yes they could be liable. Unless you have a non drinking bouncer at the door, it is a good bet that some people will leave and drive.
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Absolutely. If they knowingly allow minors to drink in their house, they are both criminally and civilly liable.
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No one under 18 can possess or consume alcohol without the presence of a parent or adult guardian. Your parents cannot permit any such conduct.
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