Nightclub security refers to the personnel in charge of maintaining order and compliance at night clubs, bars, and similar establishments. These types of institutions are often restricted by age (i.e., minors are not allowed). They often serve alcohol and can require various checks and measures to regulate the activities at the venue as well as the consumption of alcohol.

What Are Some Common Issues with Nightclub Security?

Some common issues associated with night club security may include:

  • The use of fake ID’s (either to gain access to the club or to purchase alcohol)
  • Selling alcohol to minors and other alcohol-related violations
  • Bar fights, brawls, and other physical altercations between patrons
  • Incidents and disputes involving bouncers and other security personnel
  • Noise ordinance violations
  • Disturbing the peace and other similar citations

Thus, night club security may be called upon to perform a variety of tasks to help maintain a degree of safety and compliance on the premises. Security may also be charged with the tasks of requesting patrons to leave if they are being disruptive.

Can I Sue the Security Personnel at a Night Club?

In some instances, night club security can be charged with a violation. For instance, they are not supposed to use force in a manner that is disproportionate to the situation. Hence, if they use force without first being confronted with physical force, they might be held liable for injuries resulting from their application of force.

On the other hand, night club security generally can’t be held liable for denying persons entry into the club. Most businesses enforce a policy that allows them the "right to refuse service" to any one, so long as the refusal doesn’t violate law and isn’t discriminatory.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Nightclub Security Laws?

Nightclub security personnel are often subject to very specific regulations and codes. You may need to hire a business lawyer if you have any questions or concerns regarding such legal issues. Your attorney can advise you on the matters and can ensure that your interests are represented fully during a lawsuit hearing.