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Underage drinking parties could mean jail time for parents

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As the Lowcountry and the nation begin to make plans for celebrating the new year, a local attorney is urging parents not to throw parties for underage children.

S.C. Statute 61-6-4070(C) states that the underage consumption and transfer of alcohol ban does not apply to parents providing alcohol to their children in their home.

Attorney David Aylor said that statute will not help a parent if they are fighting delinquency of a minor charges in court after being arrested for providing alcohol to their children's friends.

"When you have a situation with your children and it's your own home compared to having a party or an event, it's going to be completely different," Aylor said.

Many parents say they allow their children and their children's friends to drink alcohol at their home because it takes away the risk of drinking and driving. If parents are caught, however, they could face fines and charges that could land them in jail.

"If people are [at your home] drinking underage, you're already committing a crime at that point with contributing to the delinquency of a minor," Aylor said. "Just because they're not driving doesn't mean that other situations can't occur."

A parent can be held liable if situations such as accusations of sexual assault, injury and death occur while a party is going on. Aylor said the punishments could come in the form a lawsuit or official charges.

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