What are Dram Shop Laws in New Jersey?

New Jersey takes laws regarding driving under the influence very seriously. One of the laws that many people aren’t aware of is that if an establishment knowingly serves a customer too many drinks and the customer then goes on to cause damage to another person or property, the establishment can be held liable. This concept is written under the New Jersey Licensed Alcoholic Beverage Server Fair Liability Act. Sometimes, these laws are referred to as the Dram Shop Laws.

More specifically, this law can is applicable where a server continues to provide alcohol to an individual who is already visibly intoxicated or someone who is under the legal drinking age of 21 years old. If anyone becomes injured as a result of this intoxication, the server can be sued for damages, even if the intoxicated driver is the one who becomes injured.

The primary goal of this law is to hold establishments accountable for over-serving customers to dangerous levels in an effort to prioritize their financial gains instead of focusing on public safety. Liquor liability laws are taken very seriously in New Jersey, and when businesses violate these laws their alcohol license may be put at risk of being revoked.  

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated in New Jersey or have questions about liquor liability laws, it is essential to consult with an experienced attorney. Contact Rem Katcher Law Group today for quality legal representation.