UNDERSTANDING FLORIDA’S UNDERAGE DRINKING LAW

By Farfromdrinken
In April 1, 2014
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Orginally posted by Michael Buchanan on in Florida Criminal Law

As a criminal defense attorney practicing law in a college town (Gainesville, Florida) I’ve seen more than my fair share of young adults, ages 18 – 20, charged with the criminal offense of underage possession of alcohol.  Underage possession of alcohol is a second degree misdemeanor in Florida and carries the potential punishment of imprisonment up to sixty days in jail for the first offense.  See Florida Statute 562.111(1)  I can’t help but feel sorry for these young adults and their parents as the realization sinks in that this “criminal” activity will be of public record, potentially for life.  Yes, we live in a country where one is old enough to get one’s legs blown off in Afghanistan serving in the armed forces at eighteen years of age, but when one returns to the “land of the free” and possesses a can of beer one can be arrested, taken to jail and charged with a crime.

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