Serving Alcohol to a Person Under 21


If you have been accused of giving minors Alchohol, you need legal representation. Call Palm Beach County Law Firm Bottari & Doyle for a consultation at 561-588-2781.

Penalties Serving Alcohol to a Person Under 21

A person who violates statute 562.11 commits a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months of probation, 60 days in jail as a condition of probation, and a $500 fine. A person who violates the statute two or more times within 1 year after a prior conviction commits a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year of probation, one year in jail as a condition of probation, and a $1,000 fine. 

Additionally, the court may order the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to suspend the driving privilege of anyone convicted of this crime. 

Defenses Serving Alcohol to a Person Under 21

Any person charged with violating statute 562.11 has a complete defense if, at the time the alcoholic beverage was sold, given, served or permitted to be served: The buyer or recipient falsely evidenced that he or she was 21 or older, or the appearance of the buyer or recipient was such that a prudent person would believe the buyer or recipient to be 21 of age or older, and the person carefully checked a driver’s license, id card, or passport and acted in reliance upon the representation of the buyer or recipient. 

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If you have been arrested or charged with Selling, Giving, or Serving Alcohol to a Person under 21, in Palm Beach County, Broward County or Martin County contact a
Palm Beach criminal defense attorney from Bottari & Doyle at (561)-588-2781 for a free consultation.