Today, many of the new laws passed during Florida’s 2010 legislative session go into effect. Among those laws is the Underage Drinking Bill or HB 33, which is designed to discourage adults from aiding underage drinking. It was signed into law by Governor Charlie Crist on May 12, 2010.
Under the new law, anyone who facilitates underage drinking, by selling, giving, or serving alcohol to minors, will be subject to a first-degree misdemeanor on the second offense. A 2007 study found that 48% of high school seniors said they had drunk alcohol within the previous month.
The legal drinking age in Florida is 21.
Source: Underage Drinking Bill Becomes Law On July 1st, CBS4.com, June 28, 2010
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor such as providing alcohol to minors, our Palm Beach County criminal defense lawyers can answer your legal questions.