Hosting a Party on St. Patrick’s Day? These 2 Mistakes Can Land You behind Bars
- February 22, 2016
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There is no place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like the Big Apple. Millions of visitors and locals will flock to Irish pubs and enjoy the festivities at the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
It is important to remember, though, that New York police will be out in full force, so drink responsibly. Hosting a party is a great way to keep your friends and family safe, but there are still laws that you should keep in mind. For example, you should not serve alcohol to people younger than 21 or to those who have a history of DWI, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This may constitute negligence, and if that person causes an injury after leaving your party, then you may be liable for the damages.
If you were injured by a drunk driver, or if you are facing a personal-injury lawsuit, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. An accident attorney in New York City can evaluate your case and explain your legal options. Our lawyers have more than 75 years of combined experience negotiating and litigating personal-injury claims in New York.
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Here are two mistakes you should avoid if you plan to host a party on St. Patrick’s Day:
- Serving People Younger Than 21
In most cases, the legal age for alcohol consumption in New York is 21. If you serve alcohol to a person who is younger than 21, and his or her intoxication contributes to an injury to another person, then you may be liable for the damages.
- Serving Repeat DWI Offenders
You are not responsible for the actions of other adults; however, if you serve alcohol to someone with a history of DWI violations or accidents, and his or her intoxication contributes to an injury to another person, then you may be liable for the damages. If you know that one of your guests is a habitual DWI offender, then be sure to arrange alternative transportation for him or her.
If you are planning to host a St. Patrick’s Day party, then be sure to help guests find safe transportation home. You can designate a sober driver, help guests install rideshare apps such as Uber, or call one of these taxi companies in New York City:
- OnCabs New York: 1-646-248-5860
- Taxi Depot Inc.: 1-718-784-4737
- NYC Taxi & Limousine: 1 718-391-5501
If you were injured by a drunk driver, then you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income and other damages. A New York City injury lawyer from Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP can evaluate your case to determine if you may have grounds for a claim.
We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients. Call 212-221-5999 to schedule a free initial consultation.