Office of Student Conduct
Legal Consequences – State of Alabama
Alcohol-related violations can be costly, both financially and educationally. Following are some of the consequences related to alcohol and other drug violations:
- DUI. The cost of a single DUI offense can run between $600 and $2,100, just if you get pulled over. If there's an accident, it can be much worse. DUI facts you should know:
- You don't have to be driving to be convicted of DUI - being in physical control of the vehicle (sitting in the driver's seat with the keys in the ignition) is enough.
- Even on a first DUI offense, jail time may be given, especially when there's an accident or a high blood-alcohol level.
- PUBLIC INTOXICATION. Arrest is automatic for this offense, which covers any behavior in a public place that indicates intoxication, either alcohol- or drug-induced. The cost of a public-intoxication arrest is $336. Offenders must also attend a drug- or alcohol-abuse program and pay the program cost.
- OPEN BEVERAGE CONTAINERS. It is illegal in Florence to carry an open alcoholic beverage in public, or to drive a car in which there is an open alcoholic beverage. This ordinance includes cups, bottles, and cans, and applies equally to party goers and patrons of bars. A violation could cost $236.
- IMPROPER IDENTIFICATION BY A MINOR (Fake Id’s). Improperly identifying yourself can cost you $336 and possible suspension of your license for 90 days.
- MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL. If you’re under 21 and you’ve got alcohol, it could cost you at least $336. If you’re over 21, read items 6 and 7 below.
- SALE OF ALCOHOL TO MINORS. A first offense can cost $686; a second offense could include jail time plus a fine.
- ADULT ALLOWING MINORS TO CONSUME OR POSSESS ALCOHOL AT AN OPEN HOUSE PARTY. If cited for this offense, you must appear in court and can be fined up to $661.
- LITTERING. "Litter" in this case includes cigarettes, cups, beer cans and bottles, as well as anything else you might toss aside. If you are caught littering, you could pay up to $286 plus a fine set by the judge. You can be fined $400 for littering from a car.
- NOISE ORDINANCE VIOLATION. If your neighbors can hear your TV, music, or voice, they can call the police. A citation could cost you a minimum of $286.
- PARKING. You can't just park anywhere-especially on your own or anyone else's lawn, in front of a neighbor's driveway, too far away from the curb, or in a no-parking zone. Obtain any permits you need, both on and off campus, as early as possible.
- FALSE OR NUISANCE FIRE ALARMS. False reports can result in community service hours and/or fines up to $500 plus restitution.
- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE III. Including members of the same household or a dating relationship, this offense typically results in the arrest of one or both of the parties involved and requires a mandatory court appearance.