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What Are the Penalties for Selling Alcohol to a Minor in Florida?

What Are the Penalties for Selling Alcohol to a Minor in Florida?

A person who provides alcohol to a minor can face serious consequences. The law primarily applies to people who knowingly or unknowingly sell/serve alcohol to minors in Florida. In most cases, law enforcement will conduct compliance checks to inspect a business to ensure they aren’t selling alcohol to minors. A police officer will inspect an alcohol vendor with the help of a teen recruit. The teen will approach the clerk, waiter, or bartender and ask for a drink. If they don’t ask for identification, sell the alcohol knowing they are underage or accept a bribe, they will face serious consequences. The Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys at Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. has compiled information about the penalties for selling alcohol to a minor in Florida.

What Are the Consequences for Selling Alcohol to Adults Under 21?

If a vendor fails a compliance check, they can face misdemeanor charges and jail time. The consequences for a first-time offense include up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines. It is also possible that the minor or person under the age of 18 will face penalties from the Department of Highway and Motor Vehicles as well because they can get their driver’s license suspended or even revoked.

The consequences will be harsher if a minor is an employee of a business that sells alcohol, and if someone furnishes the underage worker with alcohol. They can face up to one year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.

Experienced & Skilled Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you face charges for giving alcohol to a minor, your freedom and financial security are at stake. The Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys at Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. are dedicated to helping people accused of a crime get the best possible results for their case. Our firm is feared and respected within the Florida justice system, and we have decades' worth of relationships with local judges, prosecutors, and courts. Our resources help us get our clients’ charges reduced or cases dismissed. Regardless of how complex your case may be, our team is ready to protect your rights.

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  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

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    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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