In Florida, a bartender and the employing establishment can be held responsible for DUI consequences of patrons. A business could lose its liquor license if it sends someone into the streets who has an accident and is over the intoxication limit.
When I was a juror in a case where North Miami police shot a 20 year old 22 times in the back while running, because they saw "a gun in his waist," I could not decide who disgusted me more- the police or the pawnshop owner who sold the kid the gun.
He was a greasy, silver- haired, overweight slicker in a shiny silver suit, who took the stand with pride. "The Gun" was put on display, which made all the ladies uneasy, and the pawn broker was questioned intensely about whether he was the one who sold this gun to the 20 year old. He was so proud of his merchandise.
"Yep, that's the one," recalling the year-old sale with crystal clarity.
For a moment I thought, oh boy, he has to take some responsibility. But he left the witness stand a hero, having successfully identified the un-fired gun he sold to a 20 year old dead Haitian boy, only in this country a few months.
Eventhough the boy never fired the gun, and was running from the police because of a drug deal, because the police killed him it was a homicide occurring in the course of a drug felony, and the Prosecutor was charging the boy's brother with the murder because he was part of the drug deal.
If bartenders can be held responsible for a death-related DUI, why shouldn't pawnshop owners assume some responsibility for guns they sell which result in armed robberies, violent shootings and murders? This was an obvious case of a gun sale headed for trouble- a kid who barely speaks English, who is poor, who doesn't have a job-
What did that slimeball think was going to happen with that gun? Yet, he left the courtroom smug as a bug, like, "I'm not the one in trouble. Hoo-ha."
The jury was disgusted with the whole prosecution. The brother, in the end was acquitted of the homicide, fortunately because the prosecutor wanted the Death Penalty. He was sentenced for drugs. The next day a a story broke on police corruption and the lead police investigator of the case. It had been withheld from the news until the case was over.