Spring Break Arrest 2017!
Being arrested can be a scary thing. Sometimes people are not informed as to the impact an arrest record can make on the rest of their life. Most “Spring Breakers” are in college for the purpose of furthering their education in efforts to pursue a long term career in their field of study. However, what most “Spring Breakers” who get arrested do not realize is that this could potentially ruin all of their efforts put forth in the foundation of building a better life for themselves.
Minor in Possession of Alcohol is a second degree misdemeanor in Florida and punishable by up to 60 days in county jail and a $500.00 fine. If you are charged with a second or subsequent offense and convicted, the charge becomes a misdemeanor of the first degree which is punishable by up to 1 year in county jail.
In addition to the sanctions by the Court, a conviction for an alcohol offense by a person under the age of 18 will result in immediate suspension of their driver’s license by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Paying the Fine and Signing “No Contest”:
Paying the fine can lead to your case being resolved but your record could now have a conviction. Signing the “no contest” plea is just that, NO Contest and constitutes a written plea agreement stating you have taken responsibility for the charges and subsequent conviction. Keep in mind a conviction for Minor in Possession of Alcohol will be on your record and cannot be erased. Therefore, your goal should be a dismissal if possible.
Peace of mind and answers is what you need and Attorney James Levy is here to help. Getting arrested or receiving a citation is scary enough. Mr. Levy will work with you to protect your rights and give you options. Representation can be facilitated via phone, email and mail. That means you won’t have to come back to Florida if we are brought onto the case.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, it’s critically important you carefully review all available legal options. Regardless of where you have been arrested– Panama City Beach, Pensacola, Destin or Ft. Walton Beach– or whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony, you undoubtedly have a lot on the line. With so much at stake, you owe it to yourself to work with a qualified, experienced, and dedicated attorney who will never be satisfied with settling for the easy way out.
“Time is of the Essence.”Don’t wait. Get help now. Call James Levy today to discuss your legal options. Mr. Levy can explain the legal process what’s happening now, and what will happen in the future. He will help you understand the potential punishment, whether you can avoid a criminal record or have your charges reduced to a lesser offense, maybe even, dropped. Acting swiftly before your case goes to the State Attorney can be extremely helpful to you and your case. This allows Mr. Levy to gather pertinent, time-sensitive evidence, possible witnesses and witness testimony, and any documents that will support your case. You owe it to yourself to obtain competent, experienced legal representation. And if finances are a concern, please know we keep our fees reasonable and offer flexible payment plans to suit a variety of budgets.
2017 Spring Break:
Northwest Florida Daily News: “Electronic signs on the roads leading into Destin warned people about the zero-tolerance underage drinking policy being enforced by the sheriff’s offices in both Okaloosa and Walton counties.”
Northwest Florida Daily News: Walton and Okaloosa County sheriff’s offices report nearly 150 arrests since Saturday, with Sunday and Monday being especially busy.
2016 Spring Break:
Northwest Florida Daily News: “Local leaders settled on the new approach after Bay County and Panama City Beach enacted drinking bans following a particularly violent spring break in 2015. The area saw disorderly, alcohol-fueled crowds and reported shootings and rapes”.
2015 Spring Break:
The Florida Sheriff’s Task Force, in conjunction with the Florida Sheriff’s Association, has concluded “Operation Dry Spring”, a four week Spring Break effort focusing on preventing underage youth from buying and using alcohol, tobacco, and various forms of synthetic drugs. The operation, conducted from March 16th through April 6th, resulted in 2,070 arrests across 28 Florida counties.
2014 Spring Break:–The North West Florida Daily News
“When you violate a law we’re taking you straight to jail,” said Howell, bureau chief for special operations for the Sheriff’s Office. “The goal is not to issue as many notices to appear because they don’t seem to be effective.”
2013 Spring Break
“Since the first weekend of March, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has made 1,084 arrests in relation to spring breakers and issued 1,035 citations to students for underage drinking.
In the past five weeks, Okaloosa County deputies arrested 337 people under 21 and issued 220 notices to appear for underage drinking.”