• Serving Alcohol in Your Home to Minors to Be Avoided
  • July 7, 2011
  • Law Firm: Mark Galusha LLC - Basking Ridge Office
  • Clients ask whether they are responsible for serving alcohol in their home and whether they can be held responsible for injuries resulting from their guests drinking too much in their home.  The answer is YES! 

     

    New Jersey law is split with respect to this issue as it relates to the service of alcohol to people under the age of 21 and over the age of 21.  Liability for serving alcohol to people over the age of 21 at your home is governed by New Jersey statutes.  The statute states that if you provide alcohol to a person in your home who is over 21 years of age while that person is visually intoxicated, you can be held responsible for any damages caused by the intoxicated person. 

     

    Although service of alcohol to persons under the age of 21 is not addressed in the statute, service of alcohol to minors should be avoided!!!