Can Bars Be Criminally Liable for DUIs?

The gun debate is a hot topic as of late, and it’s interesting to contemplate where blame should fall when it comes to gun violence. Is it on the lawmakers for making loose laws, is it on a store owner for selling a gun to someone seemingly unstable, or is it solely on the person who uses the gun? Well, this debate can apply to DUI responsibility as well: so, can bars be criminally liable for DUIs in Florida?

Can Bars Be Criminally Liable for DUIs?

In many states there exists something called a dram shop law. A dram shop law is when a bar or other commercial business can be charged for over-serving alcohol to patrons. Essentially, the commercial business is held responsible for irresponsibly selling alcohol to a patron. Florida does have these laws, but they are more restrictive than the ones in other states.

Two Situations Where A Bar Owner Could Be Responsible

There are only two situations where a Florida bar owner could be responsible for overserving alcohol. In the first circumstance, the bar owner can be held liable for selling alcohol to minors, regardless of whether he or she knew they were minors.

The other circumstance where a bar could be found responsible is when they serve alcohol to someone who is “habitually addicted” to alcohol. Alcohol addiction is a precursor to DUIs, which means the dram shop law could take effect in these scenarios.

Passing the Blame Isn’t Enough

If you or a loved one is accused of a DUI, attempting to pass the blame from yourself to an establishment probably won’t work as a criminal defense. Therefore, if you’re charged with a DUI, trust Florida DUI attorneys who have decades of experience working these kinds of cases!

Charged with a DUI? Call (305) 330-1360 now for a free consultation!

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