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Michigan’s Social Host Liability Law and Dealing with the Parties Part Three


It can be really fun to host parties with friends.

We are now at a season of partying. With Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the Christmas season coming we are expecting a lot of people to invite us to their homes and have a drink or two. This is also the first Christmas after the pandemic that people are starting to be more confident of going out and enjoying the company of others. With that, you must always follow the requirements to protect you and your guests from any problems in the future.

You may be looking forward to hosting a social event and here at Haque Legal, we want to make sure that you know what you are doing at the time of the social event to protect you and your loved ones.

With that, this third part of the article series will talk about some of the things that you should do to prevent the application of the Michigan Social Host Liability law and how you can protect yourself from liability against any kind of problem. 

How do I prevent liability?

In the previous part of the article, we have discussed that there are specific elements relating to the social host liability law. There are defenses that you can make to properly protect your rights and make sure that you will have all of the things that you should do to protect your sanity from everything that could go wrong.

With that, let us discuss and look at the best ways that you can prevent liability and the things that you need to do.

Inquire as to the age of your guests.

You need to always inquire as to the age of your guests. Always remember that parties can become like their own living thing. Your guests can invite other guests and they can also invite other people especially if you state that it is an open invitation party.

Other than the fact that we are still in a pandemic and it is still better to know all of the people who will attend your party, the social host liability law prevents you from just allowing anybody to enter and join your party.

If you do make an open invitation party and you want to make sure that you are not going to be liable in case a problem arises you need to make sure that you inquire as to the age of your guests.

If you are unsure about things and you do not know if the id that has been shown to you is not the id that is given to people who are already over the right age then you have all of the right to reject the guest and inform him that he should not drink any alcoholic beverage. It may be rude and some people who invited the guest me think that you are overreacting but this is what you need to do to properly protect yourself from liability 

Make sure that you ask the bartender to keep an eye on the guests who are already intoxicated.

Make sure that you ask the bartender to keep an eye out on the guests who are already drunk and who are visibly intoxicated. The bartender or any person for that matter will be able to tell you properly if a person should be cut off and he should be able to the site if the person should already be cut off from drinking because the person is visibly intoxicated and may no longer drive from home.

Make sure that you assign someone who can keep an eye out for the teenagers.

You cannot guard everybody at your party but you can always have someone to keep an eye out for the teenagers who would attend your party. The teenagers may sneak out some alcoholic drinks that would lead you to think that they are just drinking drinks that to give them but that they are indeed drinking alcohol. 

Prevent liability by making sure that you have someone responsible enough to be on the lookout for the teenagers.

Designate a sober driver to bring home the minors or any persons under 21 so that you can make sure that they get home safe.

If you think that there are minors that you cannot guard during the whole party you can always have someone to bring them home or get them an uber or a taxi for them to get home safely. Do not allow them to drive.

Let the guests stay until they are no longer intoxicated.

If your guest is visibly intoxicated and you want to decide to not allow them to drive, you may just want to ask them to stay for the night. If you do not want to fall asleep with someone who is visiting drunk in your home you can sit down and chat with them have coffee so that they can remove the intoxication and until the time when you think that they are already sober enough to drive you can let them drive or you can always just drive them home.

The steps that we have provided above are very common and a lot of people apply them to protect themselves from liability in case any injury happens to a third party.

Contact Your Lawyer Today

If you have a problem relating to dram shop liability in Michigan that you need assistance with, you should contact us today. A Southfield criminal defense lawyer can help you get started with your defense. A lawyer at Haque Legal will see to it that your needs are met from beginning to the end of the proceedings. You are always in good hands with Haque Legal and what it has to offer.


The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

Let us help you out.

If you are having trouble with parties relating to dram shop liability, call us immediately. If you have any problem with the law or are seeking justice and truth, our numbers are standing by to take your call.

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