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An Attorney is Necessary for a Liquor License Application

| Aug 19, 2014 | Uncategorized |

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

A convenience store in Des Moines wants to keep its liquor license, and will need to make changes if it wants to do so. Oasis Wine and Spirits, will need to put over a dozen modifications into place if it wants to continue selling wine and beer. This will significantly change how the store does business, and these changes may not guarantee the license.

Some nearby residents announced safety concerns regarding Oasis, listing dubious clientele, elicit drug activity, gunshots and even the body of a deceased person found near the facility once. The clamor stimulated neighborhood meetings, which encouraged some neighbors to develop a list of requested changes, one of which is the request that only beer and wine be sold at the convenience store.

What is a Liquor License?

A liquor license is a legal permit to sell alcohol, which can be beer, wine, or hard liquor. This license allows the licensee to sell alcohol according to the conditions of the document. These conditions may cover things like:

  • Who can purchase the alcohol from the establishment
  • Hours or days within which alcohol may be sold
  • Who is permitted on the property
  • What kinds of food, non-alcohol and low-alcohol beverages may be available
  • Providing information about transportation alternatives

How to Obtain a Liquor License

Businesses in the state of New York are required to apply for a permit through the New York State Liquor Authority. Requirements include mandating that all applicants, either individual or a partnership, must be 21 years of age or older, a legal citizen of the United States; a permanent alien resident; or a citizen of a country with a treaty, which allows individuals to gain a visa to enter the United States for trade.

Why You Need An Attorney For Your Liquor License

Hiring an experienced liquor license attorney can mean all the difference in your application being rejected or delayed unnecessarily. Liquor Licensing laws are relatively stiff and complicated. If you don’t completely comprehend your liquor license terms, you may inadvertently violate one of the regulations.

A lawyer can assist you in securing the appropriate liquor license and also clarify the terms of your liquor license. This may help protect you from disciplinary action for a violation. If you face liquor license violation charges, a lawyer can help you navigate the administrative hearing with a positive outcome.

Contact Hall Ricketts Gurbacki, P.C. or call 716-652-0828.

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