Orlando police seek help from bar and nightclub owners to curb crime

Recent increased violence downtown has local police looking to crack down on suspected offenders.

Orlando is a fun city. Tourists come for the sun and Disney World, but there’s plenty of enjoyment for local adults after the sun goes down.

Unfortunately, Orlando’s vibrant downtown nightlife has experienced an increase in incidents of violence, including assault and battery. The increase has police looking to crackdown on criminal offenders. Most people are downtown just looking to have a good time; for bar patrons, however, an unexpected incident or poor decision can have lasting consequences in Florida’s criminal justice system.

Bouncers and bar owners taking active roles

In order to help crackdown on violence, police in Orlando have asked bar and nightclub owners to help with certain safety measures. Police Chief John Mina has asked club owners to increase security, institute and enforce dress codes and conduct electronic ID scans. Other options could include metal detectors at the door or body searches. Some businesses are not on board with the suggestions, fearing that such measures would discourage visitors or create the impression the bar is a dangerous place.

Participation is not mandatory, but police believe that holding bar owners responsible for what happens inside the establishment might encourage more safety measures. Most bar and nightclub owners are open to working with police. In addition, many bars and nightclubs currently hire off-duty police officers in order to keep the peace and enforce all laws.

Police are also arresting people who they believe to be breaking the law more than ever before. “We are doing a big push right now,” Lt. Rich Lane of the Orlando Police Department told the Orlando Sentinel. Lane indicated police have been making multiple arrests every day in downtown Orlando for the last several weeks.

DWI enforcement

While a heated argument in a bar or nightclub can easily lead to assault and battery charges, police are also on the lookout for drivers under the influence. Driving home after even one drink too many can bring on the full force of the law. Central Florida is also part of a statewide crackdown on boating under the influence. Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime and carries the same penalties as operating a car or truck while intoxicated.

Whether enjoying the summer on a day off or letting loose at night, people charged with a DUI can find themselves facing serious penalties, including the loss of driving privileges, heavy fines and even jail time.

A criminal defense attorney can help

Central Florida is a great place for recreation. But it is easy for a good time to turn bad when law enforcement needs to become involved. Orlando residents who have found themselves facing criminal charges after a day or night out should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Keywords: Orlando crime, assault, DWI, nightclubs

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