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THE CRIME INVOLVES MERE POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL, NOT JUST DRINKING OR CONSUMPTION

Posted by Michael Buchanan on in Florida Criminal Law

Several times I’ve represented individuals who were in possession of unopened alcoholic beverages.  In one case a nineteen year old was moving beer he had not purchased from a vehicle to a fraternity house.  In another case a twenty year old woman was passing an unopened beer from a cooler to her adult friend.  In each case the client was surprised to learn that the crime of underage possession of alcohol does not require drinking or ingestion of the alcohol.  Mere possession is enough under the law.

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