When most people go to a festival, staying on the good side of the law is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, most festival goers want to have fun, instead of stressing about whether they are going to jail or not. So in the spirit of festivities, we present a short list of festival dos and do nots.
At a Festival, Do:
- Bring your real ID – If you are planning to drink, you will need an official identification card to prove that you are legally over 21.
- Bring a responsible friend – Remember, if you are drinking, you cannot consent to any sexual acts. You should bring along a sober friend who can deter the predators strolling around. Also, you will need a friend who can serve as a designated driver and drive you home if you drink.
- Remember your Miranda rights – If the police detain you, remember that you have the right to remain silent. The police do not have to remind you of this right if they have not yet arrested or interrogated you, but you can exercise your rights before this happens.
At a Festival, Do Not:
- Buy any illegal substances – Drug crimes are no joke; more people are imprisoned for drug crimes than any other charge. If an officer finds illegal drugs on you, you might be facing a lengthy prison sentence.
- Consent to a search – Police need probable cause or consent to search to admit evidence into court. If you do not consent to a search, you have made it more difficult for the police to conduct a legal search involving you or your stuff, such as your car or your purse.
- Sleep with someone who looks drunk – Remember, a drunk person cannot legally consent to sex. If you sleep with someone who cannot legally consent, you may face rape charges. Also, avoid getting into bed with anyone who looks like a minor. Being registered as a sex offender is never good if you are planning to get a job or rent a place to live.
Do I Need to Talk to a Lawyer?
Attending a festival can mean a fun day out with friends, but it can also result in making poor choices that result in criminal charges. If you end up facing criminal charges following a trip to a festival, you need to talk to a criminal defense lawyer. They can answer any questions you may have and represent you in any court proceedings related to your criminal charges.