Texas Man Charged With Giving Drinks To Woman Who Plead Guilty In DUI/Homicide Case
It is a typical scene at a bar, a man buying drinks for a woman. The woman is drunk. The woman leaves the bar, gets in her car and drives. But What if that woman gets in an auto accident and kills two people, should the individual who was buying the drinks be criminally responsible for the resulting deaths as well?
Authorities in Texas believe so. Texas has charged a man who bought Nicole Bakus drinks on the night she drove intoxicated and killed two people. Prosecutors are not pursuing him under a dram shop law. Typically under dram shop laws makes a business which sells alcoholic drinks or a host who serves liquor to a drinker who is obviously intoxicated or close to it, strictly liable to anyone injured by the drunken patron or guest. Here prosecutors are charging him under Texas’ law of parties statute, under which a person is criminally liable for an offense committed by the other with the intent to promote or assist in the commission of the offense.
Should the law extend liability beyond the bar and server to include anyone who buys that individual a drink?