Visible intoxication at the time the alcohol is sold or furnished is required most of the times in pursuing a social host or dram shop liability case. The premise is that you shouldn’t sell or furnish alcohol to someone who is already obviously intoxicated. If you do you might have to pay damages to anyone who’s injured or loved ones in the case of a wrongful death.
Must I prove drunk driver visibly intoxicated when alcohol was served?
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