Each year, as spring break season approaches, the city of Fort Walton Beach, Florida prepares for the thousands of visitors that head to the Emerald Coast each year. While many vacationers simply seek the sun and the water, a great number of spring breakers arrive with the goal to party as much as possible. Since the majority of spring break tourists are students in high school or college, a great number of visitors will be under the legal drinking age of 21 years old. Law enforcement agencies in the area are well aware of the underage drinking taking place and work to strictly enforce Florida’s laws against underage drinking.
If you are arrested or receive a citation for minor in possession (MIP) or underage drinking in the Fort Walton Beach area, your first step should be to call the Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm to discuss your case today.
Though a citation for underage drinking may not seem like a serious matter to some, Florida law1 provides for serious penalties for minors who possess or consume alcohol. Some of the potential penalties include the following:
A criminal conviction on your record can also have an adverse effect on your financial aid, good standing with your college or university, ability to qualify for certain professional schools or licenses, and more.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of underage drinking or minor in possession, simply ignoring the problem is never a wise choice and often results in substantially more serious consequences. Instead, you should always contact an experienced Fort Walton Beach underage drinking attorney who understands how to handle this type of case for both local residents and out-of-town visitors alike. Stephen G. Cobb is has been certified as a Criminal Trial Law Expert by the Florida Bar and will always work for the best possible outcome in your case. Call our office today at (850) 423-0035 for assistance today.
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