Whether it is spring break, a winter getaway, or any other time for a vacation, the Sunshine State attracts millions of visitors every year. Cocoa and surrounding areas of Brevard County offer numerous beaches and nightlife for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.
Alcohol is common in many social activities throughout Florida, but this perfectly legal drug can still get several people in legal trouble when it is used improperly. Police officers are always vigilantly looking for minors under the influence or in unlawful possession of alcohol, but many adults can also face criminal charges for either allowing minors to consume alcohol or improperly behaving after perhaps consuming too much themselves.
If you have been arrested in Central Florida for any alcohol-related criminal offense, you will want the insights of experienced legal counsel. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter understands the profound impact that even a minor conviction can have on a person’s life, which is why our firm works tirelessly to get these types of charges reduced or completely dismissed.
Our Brevard County alcohol crime attorney represents clients who live in Titusville and surrounding communities, but we also assist many tourists who were arrested for these kinds of offenses in Florida but live in different states. Call (321) 586-9944 right now to have us review your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Multiple sections of the Florida Statutes establish laws concerning the possession, sale, and consumption of alcohol in the Sunshine State. Many laws are similar to those of other states in the country. For example, the legal drinking age in Florida is 21 years old.
Much like many other states, Florida also enforces a maximum blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit of 0.08 percent. However, Florida enforces a “zero tolerance” policy for minors and drivers under 21 years of age can face strict penalties for a BAC that is 0.02 percent or higher.
Florida Statute § 316.1936 also criminalizes the possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages in vehicles. Both drivers and passengers can face criminal charges for having any container of alcoholic beverage which is immediately capable of being consumed from, or the seal of which has been broken.
Florida Statute § 561.01 also makes the following distinction:
There are multiple criminal offenses in Florida that may involve a person who is under the influence of alcohol. Some of the most common crimes in which alcohol is a main factor include:
Whether an alleged offender is an adult or a minor, a resident or a tourist, crimes relating to alcohol can still have very serious consequences. Many criminal charges carry stiff penalties, depending on the classification:
In addition to possible incarceration and fines, some convictions may also entail suspension of driving privileges. Additionally, there is also the possible employment, housing, and other impact that a conviction will have when it is reflected on a person’s criminal record.
803 N. Fiske Blvd.
Cocoa, Florida 32922
Central Florida Intergroup — This website provides an online meeting guide for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings throughout Central Florida. It also contains information about AA events and has answers to many frequently asked questions. There is no charge for attending an AA meeting and no appointment is necessary.
283 Live Oaks Blvd
Casselberry, FL 32707
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) — This nonprofit association have a mission to “represent substance abuse prevention and treatment providers, managing entities and community anti-drug coalitions in advancing addiction and co-occurring treatment, prevention, and research through communications, professional development, and public policy leadership.” The website contains an FADAA member treatment provider guide, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) treatment facility locator, and news and annual reports.
Were you recently arrested in Central Florida for an alcohol-related crime? Make sure that you are giving yourself the absolute best chance of a favorable outcome by having skilled and knowledgeable legal representation.
The The Law Offices of James B. Coulter helps both residents of and visitors to the Palm Bay area, including many clients who reside in other states. You can have our Brevard County alcohol crime attorney review your case by calling (321) 586-9944 to receive a free consultation.