two women, who are minors, enjoy cocktails at an open house party in fort Lauderdale. The girls are laughing and have drinks with cocktail strawsFacing Open House Party criminal allegations in Fort Lauderdale can leave you feeling confused and worried for your future. Rossen Law Firm is here to listen to your side of the story and fight for your rights. Our seasoned attorneys empower you with all the information you need to make the best decisions for your case and future. Let an experienced South Florida open house parties lawyer from our firm help you today.

What is an Open House Party Crime in Florida?

In Fort Lauderdale, an Open House Party criminal charge results if someone allows minors to consume alcohol at a party approved at their home. 

As an attorney can further explain, if a person allows minors to possess or consume drugs or alcohol at a party authorized at the person’s residence, or if the person fails to take reasonable action to prevent minors from possessing or consuming drugs or alcohol, they could face an Open House Party criminal charge in South Florida.

[FLA. STAT. § 856.015 (2019)]


Typically, an open house party charge in South Florida is a misdemeanor criminal charge. 

For a first-time open house party offense –  where no physical injuries to minors occurred – Open House Party is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail, 6 months of probation, and a $500 fine in Florida. 

A subsequent offense is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail or 1 year of probation, and a $1,000 fine.

When the offense of Open House Party is committed and either the party or a minor present at the party causes or contributes to the death or bodily injury of another minor who was present, the offense is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor, even if it was a first offense. If you have further questions about what potential penalties may play a role in your case, do not hesitate to speak with an expert attorney at our firm today.


Give our office a call if you’re facing Open House Party charges in Fort Lauderdale. Rossen Law Firm has extensive trial experience and we are confident in our ability to best represent you, providing an assertive and effective defense to Open House Party charges.

Facing an Open House Party can be stressful. Every client’s situation is different, and every client has different life goals. That’s why our South Florida pen house parties lawyers take an individualized approach to every case.

We believe that bad things happen to good people. We always go above and beyond on every case we take because your future matters to us.                                                                 

Open House Parties Defenses in Florida

  • Unaware of Minors: In essence, the State has the heavy burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the adult in charge stood by and did nothing in the face of actually knowing for certain of a minor’s consumption or possession of alcohol or controlled substances at a party in their home. “DID NOTHING” means the adult in control took no steps whatsoever, or the adult in control did nothing that could be fairly characterized as reasonable to prevent the continued consumption or possession of the alcohol or drugs.

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