Florida’s Penalties For Underage Drinking, Include Mandatory Driver License Suspension

By Farfromdrinken
In February 1, 2016
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Originally posted by Michael Buchanan on in Florida Criminal Law

Not only does Florida law authorize imprisonment for this “criminal” offense, if one is found guilty of Underage Possession of Alcohol, the court is required to revoke one’s driver’s license for a minimum of six months. The court also has the authority to increase this suspension to 12 months.  See Florida Statute 562.111(3)   Second and subsequent offenses result in the crime of under age possession of alcohol being classified as a first degree misdemeanor which can result in a maximum penalty of twelve months in jail.  If found guilty of under age possession of alcohol with a prior conviction, the court is required to revoke one’s driver’s license for two years.

Fortunately, in some Florida jurisdictions prosecutors may allow first time offenders to enter into a diversion program or a deferred prosecution agreement which can result in a dismissal of the under age drinking case.  See Understanding the Deferred Prosecution Alternative in Florida Criminal Misdemeanor Cases.

 

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