It’s summertime, school’s out (or soon-to-be) and throughout South Florida, teens and young adults are celebrating – fairly often with substances they aren’t legally allowed to have or consume (namely, alcohol).
As Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys can explain, these scenarios can result in several different criminal charges:
- Unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under age 21, per F.S. 562.111.
- Unlawfully selling, serving or giving alcohol to a person under age 21, per F.S. 562.11.
- Open house party where host knows or should know alcohol will be served to minors, per F.S. 856.015.
There are also potential civil consequences if the minor becomes impaired and somehow hurts themselves or is involved in an underage DUI car accident that injures themselves or others. Those cases will be handled by the civil justice system, separate from any criminal charges. Continue reading