Alcohol Consumption May Fuel Many Crimes
Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2014 – If a person has consumed enough alcohol to alter their mental state and/or affect their physical ability, and they drive, they run the risk of breaking the law.
“Many alcohol related crimes are considered to be misdemeanors, but with the presence of alcohol at higher blood concentrations, a lesser crime has the ability to turn into a serious offense,” states Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas C. Grajek.
The most serious crime committed while under the influence of alcohol is driving while impaired, driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence. Even though various states refer to this offense by different acronyms, such as DUI, DWI, OVI or OWI, it is still illegal and still poses a danger to the drunk driver and others. No matter what the offense is referred to as, it is serious and may well be a felony charge if there is an accident and someone is injured, or if an individual has been stopped and charged several times before for the same offense.
“It is illegal for someone under the age of 21-years-old to buy alcohol,” says Grajek, “or to drink in a public place. However, there are some states that offer more leniencies to minors under the influence if they are in their own home or the home of a friend. It helps if there is a parent present, but this also varies by jurisdiction as well. It also depends on the circumstances of the case.”
Adults that permit children to drink are liable for their actions and in some areas of the U.S. adults are criminally liable if they let a minor drink and drive. Selling alcohol to a minor is illegal no matter what state a person lives in.
A lesser-known alcohol offense is that of public intoxication, also referred to as a PI offense. It is a crime if an individual has been drinking in a public place and a police officer feels that person is a danger to others or themselves. This is usually charged as a misdemeanor, depending on how the intoxicated individual acts. The offender does get a criminal record.
Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
View Larger Map
- Arrest made in Polk County "SWAT"ting incident involving "anonymous" calls to police to lure SWAT team to high school.
A Canadian juvenile was arrested in the recent Polk County “swatting” case. “SWATting” is when an individual attempts to lure the SWAT time to respond to a location for a fake threat of some type. Polk County deputies allege the teen anonymously placed hoax calls to law enforcement officials in an effort to lure SWAT teams to respond to Ft. Meade high school over the past four-months. Deputies say the investigation began in September, when an unidentified male called the sheriff’s office and Fort Meade High School and said he was going to “drive to Fort Meade High School in […]
- Just in time for Christmas, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd's prostitution sting results in 61 arrests.
Sheriff Grady Judd will hold a press conference today to announce the results of the latest Polk Prostitution sting from last week. The sting was part of a undercover operation targeting individuals who respond to online advertisements on Backpage.com. The online ads are usually listings for escort or massage services, but once the person responds to the hotel, the undercover deputies try to make an arrest for an illegal activity. These undercover officers can be very aggressive and often do most of the talking. The sheriff was also targeting human trafficking which is a much more serious felony offense. There are some harsh […]
- Medical marijuana amendment fails in Florida, pot still illegal to possess. What defenses do you have to a possession of cannabis case?
Florida’s medical marijuana amendment did not pass yesterday in the election. Even though a majority of the voters voted in favor of passing the medical marijuana amendment, receiving 58% of the vote, it fell 2% shy needed to pass. In 2006, Florida voters decided all constitutional amendments needed a “super majority” to pass (60% instead of 50%). Ironically, that amendment that now requires a super majority, only passed with 57.8% of the vote. Whether or not the issue is placed back on the ballot is unknown at this time. John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan who spearheaded the campaign had previously […]