Picking up today’s local newspaper I saw another high profile arrest of a New Canaan family who had hosted a High School graduation party in which an under aged teen guest had fallen backwards after drinking and sustained a head injury. In this case the incident involved Jim Vos the CEO of a huge hedge fund advisory fund firm Aksia. Vos was arrested after a party celebrating his daughter’s graduation from the ulta posh private school St. George’s in Newport Rhode Island where yearly tuition runs over $65,000. Police responding to the injury report found extensive evidence of the consumption of alcohol by minors including empty beer and liquor bottles and “multiple areas on the patio and the lawn covered in vomit.” One thing that Vos did properly in this incident was when the New Canaan police arrived to investigate he “remained uncooperative” telling the investigating police officers that he was going to refuse to answer any questions. This is always my advice for anyone under Police investigation. Remain silent unless your lawyer is present.
This is the second case in which a teen was injured at an under aged drinking party in a New Canaan home this summer. In both cases, the parents were arrested along with the children who had hosted the party. What lessons can we learn from these incidents and how can you protect yourself from being arrested or facing a civil lawsuit from a teen gathering at your home?
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