Summer Misdemeanor Crime is up: FDLE Arrests Shop Clerks who fail to check ID
Our alcohol laws do not make any sense. This certainly isn’t news to military personnel who volunteer to put their lives on the line as they are deployed to foreign combat theatres where they are likely to be attacked with modern weapons or improvised explosive devices. Many will return home from such a tour of duty to be told that the State does not believe they are responsible enough to enjoy a beer with dinner.
Ask the average person on the street which crime they feel damages society the most, and few will answer that they lie awake in bed at night petrified that some shopkeeper somewhere might sell someone under 21 a beer.
In other countries (virtually ALL other countries, by the way) kids are taught how to drink before they are taught how to drive. Removing the “forbidden fruit” phenomenon helps to combat some of the more dangerous binge drinking and drug use we see at college campuses in this country.
Removing the “forbidden fruit” phenomenon helps to combat some of the more dangerous binge drinking and drug use we see at college campuses in this country. The person (possibly an adult old enough to be deployed in a foreign combat zone) goes into the store and attempts to purchase alcohol. If they are successful in purchasing alcohol, the clerk is arrested.
Arrested, you ask? Yes, arrested. Taken to jail. Taken to jail. Given a jail uniform. Placed into the general population. What if the person has no criminal history? Doesn’t matter. They are going to jail. After the fact possibly facing challenges of trying to get or keep a job while taking on demanding terms of probation.
Hopefully we can all sleep more soundly tonight.
If you or a loved one has recently been arrested for an alcohol related offense, or the result of a “compliance check” at a local liquor store, contact our office for a free consultation. Call Peter D Aiken of Aiken, O’Halloran and Associates in Sarasota and Manatee County 941-366-3506 Lee County 239-334-8890 “Click Here” TO CONTACT US BY EMAIL or PHONE
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Most of the time at the half way point of your probation sentence, assuming your court costs and costs of supervision have been paid, the probation officer will have no objection. I always tell clients to double up on their payments on court costs. That way, at the half way point, all of the costs will have been paid. If part of your sentence involved serving community service hours, you have to have them done. That is also why as an experienced criminal attorney, I tell people to get those hours done as soon as possible. The other thing that you absolutely have to get done is to pay any restitution. Generally, lack of money is a person’s biggest problem.
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