With summer break in full swing, it might be a good idea for students who are spending time in Florida to become familiar with the state's alcohol laws. Being under the influence of alcohol under some circumstances in the Sunshine State might put them on the wrong side of the law. Even working as a server in an establishment that serves alcohol could mean trouble.
Like in other states, the drinking age in Florida is 21. Those who are 18 years old may work as bartenders or servers of alcohol, but if they work in liquor stores, their duties may not include selling or handling alcohol. Generally, holders of liquor licenses are allowed to serve or sell alcohol to anyone age 21 or older, but not from midnight to 7 a.m. However, municipalities and counties may initiate their own rules.
A Zero Tolerance law is in place for drivers under the age of 21, and even one drink can push the blood alcohol level over .02, which is the limit for drivers who are not yet 21. Drivers older than 21 have to make sure they do not exceed the allowed .08 BAC level. Anyone stopped and tested to be over the legal limit will face severe consequences. Another law to be aware of is the one that prohibits anyone from consuming alcohol on public property. This also applies to private properties if alcoholic beverages are consumed without the owner's permission.
For students who are arrested for being under the influence of alcohol while spending their summer breaks in Florida, it might be a good idea to secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. A lawyer can protect their legal rights and be present during any interviews or questioning by the police. Legal counsel can work to get charges reduced or even dismissed.