January 29, 2010 By Matthew Wallin

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:

  1. Assert their right to remain silent and
  2. 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.

1 comment

  1. I sustained a bruise in a minor fall at home in February. I was blindsided by a physical therapist, who notified the DMV without my knowledge. A notice of license suspension arrived in the mail 2 weeks later and AAA canceled my insurance. AAA and CASA COLINA gave me an eye, hearing, written and road examination. Their reports indicate that I did well and passed the DMV written exam with a perfect score.
    I failed two CA DMV road examinations before I became aware of a 40-page DMV SDPE Manual. I did not learn of it’s existence during my prior contacts with the AAA and DMV or searches on Google. I was granted a 6-mo. temporary permit, in order to study for the SDPE.
    I too quickly scheduled a third road exam unfortunately and attempted to extend the agreement. I did not understand the DMV officer’s comments in regard to trying to reschedule the 3rd road test. A week later of the license suspension was reimposed and permit canceled. My wife is handicapped. The suspension could not have come at a worse time.

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