a fatal car crash.
The officer added, that if you are hosting a party, you are responsible. You can be held responsible by the police for both acts AND omissions. In other words, in response to questions by Herndon teen safety lawyer Doug Landau, the officer advised that doing nothing when a parent becomes aware that drug and/or alcohol are being used by underage youth, can land them in as much trouble as providing a keg ! Aiding and abetting can get parent in trouble, so the officer advised: limit the number of kids attending the party; have more than 2 parents present; do not hesitate to call for help if the party is getting out of control or “party crashers” are bringing in illicit substances or alcoholic beverages. The officer reminded us of the Charlotesville mother who was sentenced to 27 months in jail (and who faced as much as an 8 year prison sentence) for serving alcohol at her sons’ party to underage guests.