June 23, 2006
After much consideration, Commonwealth Attorney Jim Camblos has decided against charging parents at home during a May 28th party involving underage drinking.
Albemarle County police responded to a loud noise complaint during the early morning hours of May 28 in the 6000 block of Hillsboro Lane in Crozet. They discovered an underage drinking party and arrested 16 juveniles. However, since then Camblos has been determining whether or not to charge the parents with contributing to the delinquency of minors.
In this case, Camblos says the parents intended to have an alcohol-free party, they just did not succeed. He said however, he wants to warn parents that they face a difficult decision in the future.
"I'm not going to tell you how to raise your children. I'm not going tell you the best way to do it. I'm just going to tell you that there are liabilities, there are risks there, and there are dangers there. You need to be very careful in what you do," Camblos said.
Camblos says he recognizes that drinking and teens is a problem and they will continue to prosecute the offenders. In fact, police have made over 100 arrests for underage drinking with a vast majority being at Foxfields. Camblos said these arrests will continue to be prosecuted while he is charge.