What are these compliance checks? They involve local stores, restaurants, etc. that have a license to sell alcohol, and police officers want to make sure that these establishments are following the law when it comes to refusing to sell alcohol to minors under the age of 21. Under an officer's coaching, a teen volunteer will go into one of these establishments asking for alcohol. The test is to see whether or not the clerk or waiter will card the teen and refuse to sell, or will successfully succumb to a bribe.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office regularly conducts such tests in an effort to drive down the rate of underage drinking, as well as underage DUI offenses. Most weeks, these tests are joined by scheduled DUI patrols, all DUI enforcement events that the sheriff's office has to announce ahead of time.
As the August schedule for DUI enforcement is not up yet, here is what we know about this week:
- Monday, July 28: Compliance checks are planned for Eastern Hillsborough County (District II), from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 29: The compliance checks are for Southern Hillsborough County (District IV), also from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Of course, an arrest can happen at any time, and simply due to a mistake, you could be faced with serious, even lifelong penalties. If you were arrested during a DUI enforcement event, or as a result of an error at some other time, you can find tenacious legal defense from our advocates at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. You can find out how your legal rights play into your case, what your available defense strategies could entail, and more. Don't hesitate to get your free case evaluation as soon as possible.
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