Defending Against Charges of Selling Alcohol to Minors in Florida

At Key West Criminal Defense, we understand that facing criminal charges can be a daunting and stressful experience. One of the charges that can have serious legal and personal repercussions is selling alcohol to minors. In Florida, this offense is taken very seriously and can lead to significant penalties, including fines, jail time, and a criminal record that can impact your future.

Understanding the Law

Florida law strictly prohibits the sale, delivery, or service of alcoholic beverages to individuals under the age of 21. This law applies to all types of alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, and spirits. Business owners, bartenders, servers, and even individuals hosting private parties can face charges if they are found guilty of selling alcohol to minors.

Potential Consequences

The consequences of being convicted for selling alcohol to minors in Florida are severe. Penalties may include:

  • Fines: Individuals found guilty can face fines up to $500 for a first offense. Repeat offenders can expect even higher fines.
  • Jail Time: A first-time offense can result in up to 60 days in jail, with repeat offenses carrying longer potential sentences.
  • License Revocation: Business owners may face suspension or revocation of their liquor licenses, which can severely impact their livelihood.
  • Criminal Record: A conviction will result in a criminal record, which can affect future employment opportunities, housing options, and more.

Defense Strategies

At Key West Criminal Defense, we employ a variety of defense strategies to protect our clients facing charges of selling alcohol to minors. Some common defenses include:

Lack of Knowledge

If the accused had no knowledge that the individual was underage and took reasonable steps to verify the person’s age, such as checking a valid ID, this can be a strong defense. Mistakes can happen, and if the ID appeared to be legitimate, this might absolve the seller from liability.


Entrapment occurs when law enforcement officers induce a person to commit a crime that they would not have otherwise committed. If it can be proven that law enforcement officers used coercion or other tactics to trap the accused into selling alcohol to a minor, this defense can be effective.

Mistaken Identity

In some cases, it may be possible to argue that the accused was not the person who sold the alcohol. This defense requires a careful review of evidence and witness testimonies to demonstrate that someone else committed the offense.

Constitutional Violations

If the accused’s rights were violated during the investigation or arrest, such as through illegal search and seizure, this can lead to the exclusion of evidence and potentially result in the dismissal of charges.

How Key West Criminal Defense Can Help

How Key West Criminal Defense Can Help

At Key West Criminal Defense, we are committed to providing our clients with the best possible defense. Our experienced attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case, identify the most effective defense strategies, and advocate vigorously on your behalf.

We understand the serious implications of a criminal charge and are dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome. Whether you are facing charges of selling alcohol to minors or other offenses such as Battery Arrest, Driving Offenses, Drug Offenses, DUI, Felony Charges, or Marine Life Violations, we are here to help.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know is facing charges of selling alcohol to minors in Florida, don’t hesitate to reach out to Key West Criminal Defense. We offer comprehensive legal support and will fight to protect your rights and your future.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.

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