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High School Party with 200 Teens Ended by Police

The silent dance floor at a house party in San...

The silent dance floor at a house party in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Graduation season is upon us. With high school and college students finishing up their classes, graduation ceremonies and parties are sure to follow. The excitement is filling the air as hopeful graduates look forward to summer vacation and/or starting new careers. Along with graduation is summer and all its glory looming around the corner. Take these two entities—graduation and summer—and we have a recipe for impulsive yet sometimes careless behavior.

When a student graduates, the first instinct is to rejoice—and rightfully so. After years of schooling, graduation is a time for celebration and joy. However, these celebrations can sometimes get out of hand. Take for instance, the shenanigans of a San Diego home on Saturday night, June 16. While his parents were away, 18-year old Laurenz Jacobsen decided to throw a party to celebrate graduation and the end of the school year. This type of action can be considered typical of any high school student: the boy and his friends just graduated, summer is almost in session, and the kid wanted something unforgettable to put a bow on the four years of fond memories. Unfortunately, he hadn’t anticipated the police officers to come by and put a stop to the rowdiness.

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The recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School hosted a party at his parents’ house in Encinitas on Saturday night. Whether or not he expected it, about 200 teenagers showed up at his house. There was a lot of alcohol found in the household. Jacobsen may be found violating a “social host” ordinance since he let visitors partake in underage drinking. The fine can cost up to $1,000.

Police showed up at the house after neighbors called with a noise complaint. Two teens were arrested after being drunk in public. A bit comically, police officers also found many teens hidden around the house, in closets and bathrooms. The teens present were told to call their parents so that they could get picked up.

While this scenario is a bit lighthearted in that no one was injured or caused personal injuries to others, there are other times when casualties and harm became an unwanted outcome. If a partygoer had been hurt during the party, he or she could have easily filed a personal injury claim with a lawyer to seek compensation for injuries. That would have turned this party much more solemn if serious charges were filed.

Another scenario could be of a drunk driver speeding off from the party and crashing into another driver’s car, causing injury and maybe even wrongful death. This type of situation can lead to much more serious consequences. Personal injury or wrongful death claims could be filed, driving probation given, and many more serious penalties could have resulted. A joyous celebration could turn unfortunate if house residents, people present, and drivers were not careful.

Remember, if you have been at a party and been the victim of personal injury, there are legal actions you can take. Call a San Diego personal injury lawyer for consultation and to see which steps you should take.