Compliance Checks and DUI Patrols March 6-11

Every month, as a part of its efforts to reduce underage drinking and drunk driving, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office conducts several DUI enforcement events every week. Compliance checks are aimed to curb underage drinking and thus underage DUIs by testing the local restaurants, bars, convenience stores, etc. that sell alcoholic beverages. These tests consist of a teen volunteer going into one of these local establishments, and by a police officer's instructions, going to the clerk to ask for an alcoholic drink, for example. The officer wants to know if the clerk will card the teen. If the teen is refused alcohol, then he or she will have instructions to offer a bribe to see if the vendor will fail that part of the test.

As for a saturation patrol, it is primarily a DUI patrol that involves an increased number of police officers patrolling the streets to ensure that no one is driving under the influence. But these patrols will also be on the lookout for any criminal activity whatsoever, anything from shoplifting to grand theft auto. There will be one such saturation patrol in the next several days, along with multiple compliance checks as listed below:

  • Thursday, March 6, there will compliance checks in District II (Eastern Hillsborough County) from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Friday, March 7, there will be a saturation patrol in District IV (Southern Hillsborough County). This is scheduled to go from 10:00 to 4:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 9, compliance checks will be conducted throughout District I (Northern Hillsborough County. This too will go from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Monday, March 10, another compliance check is scheduled for District II (Eastern Hillsborough County) to go from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 11, there will be compliance checks in District III (Western Hillsborough County) going from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

The penalties for selling alcohol to a minor are very serious; not only do they threaten your freedom and reputation, but they can immediately impact your career. It is even possible for an establishment to lose licensing in some cases. Whether you face this serious charge, or whether you have been charged with a DUI, you need to act now to fight against the devastating penalty of a criminal record. Whatever criminal charge you face, a conviction can severely reduce your chances of getting hired at a good job, being accepted as a tenant or getting your loan application accepted, etc.

Learn how you may be able to fight for your rights and clear your name when you talk with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Tampa. Schedule your free consultation when you contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. today!