It was back in 1917 when Congress voted to enact the 18th Amendment to the Constitution thus prohibiting "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors." At the time the Amendment was ratified, liquor agents were assigned to seek out and destroy any alcohol, wine or spirits that were being illegally manufactured or sold. Many arrests and confiscations occurred over the years, including more than 10,000 barrels of beer being drained into the New York Harbor in 1925. Prohibition did not stop well-known gangsters and others with criminal connections though, as these individuals made quick work of supplying bootleg liquor to willing customers as part of their other illegal gambling and prostitution activities. Speakeasies also began to pop up to fill the growing demand for alcohol. Prohibition stood strong until December 6th, 1933 when Congress ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution thus putting an end to Prohibition.
Times have changed in the past 80 years. Since the end of Prohibition most states have enacted laws which make it illegal to sell alcohol to an individual under the age of 21. It is also illegal for any individual under 21 to consume alcohol. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is another alcohol-related crime that carries harsh penalties upon conviction. If you or someone you love has been arrested for DUI in St. Augustine or any of the surrounding areas, you can count on a St. Augustine criminal attorney from our firm being an aggressive advocate for your rights. We have helped countless individuals fight the criminal charges they face. We have years of experience practicing criminal law and we stand ready to provide you with the strong defense strategy you need to fight any alcohol-related charges. Call Taylor & Waldropnow to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our skilled criminal attorneys.