Recent headlines are reporting that a 17-year-old high school student died after apparently drinking too much alcohol at a party for high school teenagers. According to reports, the party promoters advertised the party on Facebook and charged an admission fee of $5. The news went on to report that the 18-year-old party host threw the party while her parents were out of town and provided the alcohol for those in attendance.
Tragically, one of the teens in attendance apparently drank too much and died. A criminal investigation is now underway. Those found to be responsible could face serious consequences.
California Business and Professions Code section 25658(c) states:
- Any person who violates subdivision (a) by purchasing any alcoholic beverage for, or furnishing, giving, or giving away any alcoholic beverage to, a person under the age of 21 years, and the person under the age of 21 years thereafter consumes the alcohol and thereby proximately causes great bodily injury or death to himself, herself, or any other person, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
If anyone is found liable for violating B&P 25658(c), the persons responsible may face a minimum of six months in jail and a maximum of one year in county jail. [Cal B&P 25658(e)(1)]
With the stakes so high, it’s important that the people being investigated do two things:
- Assert their right to remain silent and
- Get an attorney as soon as possible
Having an attorney guiding you through the legal process is extremely important and can mean the difference between the case being rejected by the District Attorney or a conviction. If you or a loved one is being investigated for a similar crime, please don’t hesitate to contact Wallin & Klarich as soon as possible. Contact the experienced Pasadena criminal defense lawyers at Wallin & Klarich today at (877) 466-5245 for a consultation of your case. Your criminal defense attorney can devote the time to your case which will ensure a thorough defense and a protection of your rights.