Tomorrow, there will be a Tobacco Compliance Check that will last from 4:00 p.m. on Saturday to 11:00 p.m. that night. During this time, police will be stationed at various drug stores, gas stations, and other places that sell tobacco and will make sure that the store clerks are not selling this substance to underage individuals. Oftentimes, the police will commission teenagers to act as their "test customers."
They will send an underage teen into a store to buy tobacco, and watch whether or not the store clerk agrees to make an exception. Sometimes the teens bribe the store clerks, and they give in in order to pocket the extra cash. The underage purchase and consumption of tobacco is illegal, and individuals can be arrested for violating these law. That is why the police and sheriff's offices take the underage sale laws seriously, and have instigated various compliance checks throughout the year to keep people accountable.
If you have been arrested for selling tobacco to underage buyers, then you need to seek assistance from a reliable lawyer to help you. With the right attorney there to assist you, you may be able to show how circumstances surrounding your case caused an unwarranted arrest. The reliable Tampa criminal defense attorneys at Thomas & Paulk P.A. are ready to take on your case and assist you with any difficulties that you encountered.
You can rely on the lawyers from this firm to do their best in representing you and developing a defense that may stand up in court. Don't hesitate to call the firm today if you have been arrested for tobacco purchase or sale, or the underage purchase or sale of alcohol. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office performs approximately one tobacco compliance check per month, so be prepared for upcoming checks of the same nature.