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A Guide for Youth and Parents

Know The Law

Click on the image above to view a pdf version of the Know The Law booklet, A guide for youth and parents, in Monroe County.

The Monroe County Coalition is implementing Know the Law to help parents and our youth better understand Florida law, including laws concerning alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and other drug use has a series of negative consequences, including criminal charges that can affect a young persons future.

Special Thanks!

We could not have produced the Know The Law booklet without the input and expertise of many individuals and organizations throughout the Florida Keys. We would like to extend a special thanks to…

    • Monroe County Office of the State Attorney
    • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
    • Key West Police Department
    • Monroe County School District
    • Monroe County Department of Health
    • Department of Juvenile Justice
    • Florida Keys Community College
    • Rural Health Network of Monroe County
    • Guidance Care Center, Inc.
    • Keys to Be the Change, Inc.
    • Tobacco Free Florida Keys
    • Key West Sunrise Rotary
    • Unity of the Keys
    • Island 107 Radio
    • Florida Keys Media

Do you Know the Law? Get the Facts!

It is illegal for anybody under the age of 21 to purchase alcohol. Anybody under age 21 who does so can be fined up to $500, imprisoned for up to 60 days, and/or sentenced to 6 months probation if it is his or her first offense.

It is also illegal to provide alcohol to anybody under the age of 21.

Anybody under 18 years of age will face juvenile delinquency sanctions for the possession, sale, or consumption of alcohol.

The possession, sale, or consumption of alcohol on school grounds could be cause for suspension or expulsion.

It is a felony to either borrow the ID of another person or alter the date of birth on your own ID. Altering an ID is a 2nd degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days imprisonment. Possessing or manufacturing a fake ID is a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment.

It is important that young people realize that any violations of these and other laws have the potential to negatively affect their lives for years to come. Whether or not they agree with the law is not the point. Whether or not they (often erroneously) believe that it’s okay to break these laws because everybody else is doing it is not the point either. What matters is that breaking these laws can have long-term consequences. Colleges, for example, ask applicants if they have ever been convicted of a crime. All else being equal, colleges will likely choose to accept applicants who do not have a criminal record over applicants who do have such a record. Most job applications will ask similar question about an applicant’s criminal history.

Know the Law Presentation at the Boys and Girls Club of Key West

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