As it is home to the University of Miami, FIU, Barry University, Keiser University, and the Miami International University of Art & Design, college parties are the norm year round throughout the city. Unfortunately, this also means that arrests for underage drinking are also quite common. If you or your minor child has been arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol, it is imperative you retain the services of a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to protect yourself against serious consequences.
Agents of the Florida Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco department regularly conduct saturation enforcement at Hard Rock Stadium for University of Miami (UM) football games and at Florida International University (FIU) stadium. Officers approach tailgating parties and check student ID's and make arrests for underage drinking. Those cases are prosecuted and end up in court, where I have had great success in getting them dismissed.
Having served as a Miami criminal defense attorney since 1982, I, Attorney Jonathan Blecher, understand the situation you face and can provide the tenacious advocacy you need to minimize your chances of conviction. As a former prosecutor myself, I know the effective strategies and arguments necessary to contest the opposition’s claims and ensure your rights are protected every step of the way.
My firm stands apart for the following reasons:
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With the exception of servers over the age of 18 employed by alcohol serving or producing establishment, the State of Florida prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from possessing any type of alcoholic beverage. Violating this law is a second-degree misdemeanor carrying up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines for a first offense, while a second offense is escalated to a first-degree misdemeanor carrying up to one year in jail and fines up to $1,000. Likewise, a conviction of minor in possession may also result in the suspension, revocation, or withholding of your driver’s license for anywhere between six months to two years.
Possession may be “actual” or “constructive” in nature:
There are several possible defenses that may be used to challenge a charge of minor in possession of alcohol. Depending on the circumstances in question, these defenses may be legal or factual in nature. Since the applicability of these strategies will vary depending on the specifics of your situation, it is imperative you consult with my firm as soon as possible to determine the most appropriate course of action to pursue.
Some commonly used strategies include:
There are few things more frightening than being arrested and charged with a crime, especially if you have never had a run-in with the law before. With personalized attention and an uncompromising dedication to preserving your wellbeing, I can help level the playing field in your defense and ensure you are treated fairly during this difficult time. From negotiation with the prosecution for a reduction or dismissal of your charges to aggressively advocating on your behalf at trial, I have what it takes to help you fight for the best possible outcome.
Call (305) 330-1976 today to discuss your charges with a Miami criminal defense attorney in detail.