Throughout Hillsborough County, law enforcement is zoning in on the crimes of underage tobacco purchasing and boating under the influence. With the right attorney on your side, you can battle your charges if you are arrested of one of these crimes. Tobacco compliance checks is an exercise in which the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office asks teenagers to help them by walking into gas stations, drug stores, and other locations and attempting to purchase tobacco.
If they are not carded, and are given the tobacco after being bribed or convinced, then the store clerk who sold them the illegal product can be prosecuted for selling tobacco to a minor. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department also commonly performs these compliance checks for underage alcohol purchases.
In addition to this, on Friday the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will be starting the second day of Operation dry Dock. This will also take place on Saturday. Operation Dry Dock is an attempt to discourage boating under the influence. Police will be stationed at various docks throughout the city of Tampa and surrounding areas at lakes from 6:00 at night until 8:00 p.m. During that time, the police will watch to see if anyone brings alcohol onto their boat, or seems to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when pulling back into the dock.
Sometimes, individuals use their boats as "party boats" and will hand out beers or smoke marijuana while they are out on the water. While this may sound like a good time to some, it is expressly illegal. If a boat owner operates the watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or fugs, but can result in serious penalties. If you have been suspected of this crime, then you will want to hire a Tampa criminal attorney at Thomas & Paulk immediately. With a lawyer from this firm on your side, you will be able to combat your charges promptly, and may be able to avoid conviction.