Vendors of alcohol, such as restaurants, bars, and convenience stores, will be under the scrutiny of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office this week. This scrutiny will take the form of compliance checks, tests that involve a teen recruit approaching a waiter, bartender, or clerk, and asking for an alcoholic beverage, according to instructions from a police officer. The test is to see if the vendor will card the minor or not, sell a drink at any point, or give into a bribe. There will be compliance checks today and tomorrow:
Tuesday, April 29, there will compliance checks in District IV (Southern Hillsborough County), set to go from
7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 30, there will be another round of compliance checks scheduled for
7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. These will take place throughout District I (Northern Hillsborough County).
If at any point, someone fails a compliance check, this could mean serious penalties that threaten the person's livelihood, and this could bring penalties onto the establishment as well. In Florida, selling alcohol to a minor is a misdemeanor punishable by hundreds of dollars in fines and months in jail. Even that person's driver's license is at risk of being lost through a suspension or revocation. If you or someone you know faces such charges, whether or not it was the result of a compliance check, you would benefit from consulting an experience attorney at Thomas & Paulk, P.A., where our Tampa criminal defense lawyers are former cops and prosecutors.
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