Common Spring Break Charges
Once spring break rolls around students are more than ready to zip up their suitcases, slather on sunblock, and create lasting memories on the beach. Unfortunately, not all memories made during spring break holidays are pleasant. Different combinations of inhibited students, substances, and poor decision making can be a recipe for mishaps. While on spring break some students may encounter serious trouble. Spring breakers can be charged with a number of offenses. The most common spring break offenses are listed below.
Driving while under the influence is one the most common spring break offense. It is no surprise that students include alcohol in their spring break festivities. Pre-gaming and binge drinking are just a few of the drinking activities students engage in while on break. Some of these activities call for massive consumption of alcohol in a very short amount of time. This can be extremely dangerous not only for yourself, but those around you. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence not only places you in danger, but is also places others in harms way.
This offense falls in line with DUI's. Disorderly conduct can be disguised in a number of ways. Disturbing the peace, loitering in restricted areas, or being publicly intoxicated can all be considered disorderly conduct. Consuming alcohol that exceeds your limit or tolerance can severely impair your judgment. Decisions made while intoxicated are usually rash and irrational. As tempting as it may be to match your friends level of intoxication, always drink within your personal limits.
- Possession of a controlled substance
Amongst spring break trips alcohol may not be the only substance present. Depending on the drug, amount, and other contributing factors drug possession charges can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. The circumstances surrounding your drug charge can determine whether or not you spend 2 or 12 years in prison.
Reckless driving is considered driving that disregards the safety of others. Intentional reckless driving that compromises the safety of other drivers or pedestrians is punishable by law. Reckless driving can be considered street racing, engaging in a high speed chase, or escaping from law enforcement. If charged with reckless driving you could have your license suspended or revoked.
- Minor in possession of alcohol
As we know, spring break trips are not exclusive to students 21 and up. Unfortunately, not everyone that is in the possession of alcohol during spring break is of drinking age. A minor in possession of alcohol is a serious offense. Always know the drinking age for your particular destination. It often varies from region to region.
Spring break can be an enjoyable time for student to create lasting memories, however one minor mistake can leave lasting effects not only on your record but on your life.
If you are in need of legal counsel for a DUI, drug charge, or traffic violation feel free to contact us at Colley and Colley.