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How Hundreds of Teenagers Were Busted for Underage Drinking in One Night

underage-drinking_180x120-150x119Hundreds of teenagers were drinking, drunk, sick or passed out at a private homecoming party held at a mansion in an upscale Boca Raton neighborhood on Sunday, according to WPTV News. Police arrived after a medical emergency call from security officers at The Sanctuary.

According to the police report, officers found about 100 juveniles drinking outside; five were vomiting and four teenage girls were lying unconscious on the front lawn. Those four teens were taken to Boca Raton Regional Hospital, police said, and six teens and two adults were taken into custody.

Inside the $2.7 million, 17,000-square-foot home, police say they found another 500 juveniles, most carrying alcoholic beverages despite appearing to be under the legal drinking age of 21.

The party hosts, Shlomo and Jeannie Rasabi, were found in their bedroom. Both pleaded ignorance, according to the police report.

“I didn’t even know all these kids were here; they all brought alcohol into the house,” Shlomo Rasabi said. “My wife and I planned a party for homecoming for American Heritage School in which all the kids had a party at our house [but] it was never supposed to get this big. I was in my room the whole time.”

His wife, Jeannie Rasabi, had an almost identical response to police questions. The couple — whose two children, 16 and 17, answered the door for police — are facing only a misdemeanor charge of having a noisy ‘open house party’ instead of more serious charges of supplying alcohol to minors.

“It’s a matter of whether they provided it or they were just allowing it,” said Boca Raton Police Officer Sandra Boonenberg. “The parents were given court dates and they were released. They were not taken to jail and booked. The juveniles were all arrested for possession of alcohol and released to their parents.”

The police report noted the Rasabis did not take any precautionary measures to identify underage drinkers, such as wristbands or stamps, but they did hire security described as “unlicensed personnel.”

Underage Drinking and the Law

Florida is cracking down on underage drinking and drunk driving. A DUI arrest in Florida is a serious offense. There are severe short and long term consequences. A Florida DUI should be taken very seriously. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you must have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to help you fight the charges and rebuild your life.

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