A teenage girl became ill on Saturday night while attending a party in Sound Beach. Two adults, Charles Suomi, 40, and Farnelle Marseille, 35, were arrested after hosting a party at their home Saturday night during which the teenage girl became ill from alcohol consumption, according to police.
Police said that when authorities were called to a parking lot across the street from the Echo Avenue residence they found “more than 100 underage teenagers spilling out into the street” and learned the girl had become ill at the house party where alcohol was available.
The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.
The hosts of the party, Charles Suomi and Farnelle Marseille, were charged with violating the social host law. Both were issued field appearance tickets and released. They are scheduled to be arraigned April 12 at First District Court in Central Islip.
Suffolk County Social Host Laws
We've often blogged about the dangers of hosting a party where underage drinking is taking place. Sound Beach, is part of Suffolk County, and Suffolk County's social hosts law dictates that providing a minor with alcohol is a punishable offense. Over the summer, Suffolk county strengthened its social host law, making it easier for police officers to charge offenders. They no longer have to whiteness the offense, but may charge a person based on evidence alone. The strengthened law is punishable by a fine of up to $500 for the first offense, and a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in jail for following offenses.
You May Be Liable for Injuries
Adults typically have a duty to refrain from negligently or intentionally supplying alcohol to minors. Hosts can be found liable for negligence especially if they knew (or should have known) the minor would have driven a car while under the influence.
How We Can Help
If you were injured as the result of an intoxicated minor, who you believed was served alcohol by an adult, or any driver that was drunk please contact us for a free case evaluation. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover compensation from both the driver and others, such as the hosts of the party. Our compassionate lawyers will answer any questions you may have and provide your options. Call us today at 516-222-4000.