Edwardsville party leads to possible juvenile crime charges

An Edwardsville couple and some teenagers are facing legal trouble after a party where underage drinking was allegedly occurring. At the time of the story, two teenagers were accused of a juvenile crime and could possible later face charges.

The 45-year-old woman and her 46-year-old husband have been charged with permitting violations of the Liquor Control Act. The two teenagers accused of drinking were released to their parents but still face the possibility of a juvenile crime charge.

The party occurred on Jun 9, at 133 Timbermill Lane and the sheriff's office responded to a call around 10:30 that night. There were approximately 30 cars parked at the residence. When law enforcement arrived, they noticed several partygoers in the backyard of the home. Many at the residence fled the scene of the party into woods located in the back of the residence.

Police allege three teenagers were consuming alcohol during the party. They were released to their parents. The couple who live at the home were taken into custody, accused of allowing juveniles access to alcoholic beverages. They were taken to the Madison County Jail where bond was set at $3,000 apiece.

The juvenile crime case will be assessed by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office Juvenile Division where it will be determined whether the teenagers at the Edwardsville party will face charges. There is no word on whether any of the people who allegedly fled the party were detained or if there would be any further charges against any others accused of drinking. For now, these teenagers have to wait to find out if they will experience further legal trouble from this underage drinking incident.

Illinois' Liquor Control Act penalizes parents for knowingly permitting their underage child from consuming alcohol. A parent or guardian's violation of the act can lead to misdemeanor charges for the consumption of alcohol and felony charges if such consumption leads to the direct or indirect injury or death of an individual.

Kids make mistakes. However, parents are expected to have the ability to know better than to knowingly condone their child's illegal actions.

Source: News Democrat, "Edwardsville couple accused of having drinking party for teenagers," June 11, 2012

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