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Defend Your Alcohol License From Administrative Charges

Violations of local, state or federal alcoholic beverage law can have serious consequences. Even if you unknowingly violated the law, such as by serving alcohol to a minor, your entire operation could be at stake.

This is where we come in. At Samuel A. Rubert, P.A., we leverage our backgrounds in the food and beverage industry and our experience working as legal advocates for industry members to provide our clients with unique service. When you face administrative action for a violation, we can advise on what to expect and how to deescalate the situation to protect your business and liquor license.

Do Not Underestimate Your Notification

After a violation of alcoholic beverage law, you may receive notification of a civil administrative action from either Florida’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (DABT) or the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). While either agency may opt to file criminal charges, many violations will often result in administrative action instead.

Service of this administrative action is typically made by certified mail. While it may be tempting to either ignore the letter or put off taking action, this can only worsen the situation. Once you receive the letter, you have 21 days to respond. Failing to respond can result in the automatic revocation of your liquor license.

The Importance Of Working With An Attorney

The sooner you contact an attorney, the better. Discussing the situation with an attorney as soon as you are aware of the violation or the possibility of a case can allow more time to explore the options available to you and minimize the risks of steep, devastating consequences.

In many situations, merely responding to the charges against you can reduce the penalties from the revocation of your liquor license to a $500 civil penalty. While our goal in working with restaurant or bar owners, retailers and other business owners is always to proactively avoid the possibility of administrative action or disputes, we will fight on your behalf when future issues arise. Don’t risk losing your liquor license or business. Take swift action to protect what you have worked hard to create.

We Can Make Things Better For You

Our dedicated focus on alcoholic beverage law can provide a unique advantage to our clients. When much is at stake, you need an attorney with the experience and knowledge to defend you. Contact us by calling us in Weston at 954-546-7661, calling us in Miami at 305-809-7669 or sending us an email to schedule an initial consultation.