Safe Prom and Graduation Information
With prom and graduation seasons fast approaching, it's very important to remind parents and students that underage drinking, and hosting parties where alcohol is served, can have serious and lasting consequences. The Essex District Attorney's Office works with local schools and police departments to raise awareness of the potential consequences of underage drinking in order to ensuring the safety of the teenagers, as well as the public at large.
The mix of alcohol and underage drinkers is a dangerous, often deadly combination. Accidental deaths, physical and sexual assaults, and vandalism are commonly a result of that mix. In addition, a conviction can impact a child's future plans, including college acceptances or a career in the military.
As for parents who allow their underage guests to consume alcohol in their homes, they may be criminally prosecuted and face a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. In addition, adults who knowingly provide alcohol for underage drinkers can be held civilly liable for property damage, injuries or deaths.