Underage Possession of Alcohol

In Florida, the crime of Underage Possession of Alcohol is governed by Statue 562.111, Florida Statutes.  It is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to possess or consume any alcoholic beverages unless an exception applies.  Examples of legal exceptions include drinking sacramental wine as part of a religious service or temporarily possessing alcohol as part of your employment as a waitress or cashier.  

A first violation of the underage possession of alcohol statute is a second degree misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 60 days in jail, 6 months of probation and/or a $500 fine.  Second and all subsequent offenses are first degree misdemeanors and are punishable by up on one year in jail, one year of probation and/or a $1,000 fine.  

A conviction for underage possession of alcohol also requires the court to direct the Department of Motor Vehicles to either revoke or suspend your driver’s license for 6 months to one year for a first offense and up to two years for subsequent offenses.  If at the time of the offense you have never had a driver’s license, the DMV will revoke your right to obtain a driver’s license until the period of suspension is over.  It doesn’t matter that the offense has absolutely nothing to do with driving or owning a motor vehicle.