State Law In

New Mexico

  • What does state law say?

    Current state criminal statutes do not address social hosting. However, some communities may have local ordinances on social hosting that can include fines and other penalties.

  • Can the adult be sued?

    A person who has provided alcoholic beverages to a guest in a social setting may be held liable in damages to any person for bodily injury, death or property damage arising from the intoxication of the social guest, if the alcoholic beverages were provided recklessly in disregard of the rights of others, including the social guest.

  • Are there liability limits to the amount of money the adult can be sued for?

    A host may be sued for a maximum of $50,000 for bodily injury or death of one person in each incident. There is a maximum of $100,000 for bodily injury of death of two or more people in each incident and a maximum of $20,000 for property damage in each incident.