Service of Alcohol to Florida Children / Minors: Statute Criminalizes the Service of

Florida law criminalizes the selling, giving, or serving of alcohol to children / minors. Violating this law can land you in jail. Worse than that, violating this statute can cause the death of a Florida child and others affected by the effects of underage drinking.

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Florida Statute Section, 562.11, provides the following”

Section 562.11, Florida Statutes Selling, giving, or serving alcoholic beverages to person under age 21; providing a proper name; misrepresenting or misstating age or age of another to induce licensee to serve alcoholic beverages to person under 21; penalties.–

(1)(a)1. It is unlawful for any person to sell, give, serve, or permit to be served alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age or to permit a person under 21 years of age to consume such beverages on the licensed premises. A person who violates this subparagraph commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

The rest of the statute can be read at the Official Florida Statute Website.