In the January 11, 2010, Providence Journal, staff writer, Katie Mulvaney, reported that a "Barrington teenager who served two years at the state Training School for driving drunk in the 2007 crash that killed his best friend is suing other teenagers and a liquor store alleged to have played a role in the 16-year-old's death." The lawsuit alleges that individuals, including the "liquor store that sold the teenagers beer and vodka that day, were also negligent and should be held jointly liable." The civil and criminal liability of adults who furnish or procure alcohol for underage persons is addressed in my Social Host Liability article which was recently published in the Rhode Island Bar Journal.
If you or a family member has been charged with a violation of the Rhode Island Social Host Laws, please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq. at (401) 816-5862 or E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.