Robert Zausmer Featured in Long Island Herald’s Ask the Lawyer

Publication Source: LIHerlad.com

Zausmer_BobQ: My teenaged son was convicted of assault. Could I be held liable for damages in civil court?

A: Generally, under New York law, Courts will not impose liability upon the parents for the acts of their minor (non-emancipated) children. There is an exception to the general rule when the parent(s): (1) are aware that their child has a known propensity to engage in “vicious conduct” or (2) entrust their child with a “dangerous instrument.” Therefore, responding to the specific question posed, if you were aware that your child had a history of violent behavior, and/or prior assaultive behavior, you could be found liable for the assault of your child.


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