What to Do if You Get Arrested While Vacationing in Another State

»Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Arrests | 0 comments

Spring break means vacation – time for great fun in a most desirable spring break destination. It has been customary, especially for the young, to skip out of town and spend time of fun and adventure in a state, where laws on driving, drinking, mere possession of alcohol or illegal drugs, and DUI are unknown to them. One thing is sure, however: what is considered to be a crime in one state is also a crime in another.

The most common problem with minors vacationing in another state, like in Destin, Florida for example, is their careless way of having fun. Packed with alcohol and, sometimes illegal drugs, many become unmindful of their raucous behavior and the disturbance they cause which, often, result to injuries to themselves and/or others.

While getting arrested for possession of alcohol and causing injury to someone while intoxicated can result to serious punishment, mere possession of alcohol alone can already put them in trouble.

States differ in treating or in punishing illegal acts, like DUI or minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol. Those caught possessing alcohol, for instance, can be charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age (PAULA) or minor in possession (MIP). PAULA or MIP is a violation of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, a federal mandate that was passed in 1984. This law forbids minors, who are below 21 years old, to possess or purchase alcoholic beverages in public (except under certain conditions).

The usual punishment for those charged with PAULA or MIP for the first time (so long as the offense does not involve public intoxication or DUI/DWI) is a fine not less than $100 but not more than $200. Repeat offenders, however, can be required by the court to render community service or participate in an alcohol education program or DUI school besides paying a fine. Other states also suspend offenders’ driving privileges.

According to the Fort Walton Beach arrest attorneys from the Flaherty Defense Firm, the influx of young people in Florida’s popular beaches and vacation destinations have sometimes resulted to arrests due to violation of the state’s law on illegal possession of alcohol. An arrest, however, will definitely be a cause of great inconvenience to an out-of-state visitor who will have to worry about how he or she will be able to be consistently present in court.

As pointed out in the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, however, there are times when the overzealousness of police officers result to wrongful arrest. A wrongful arrest or not, a criminal charge is always a threat to one’s future as this can affect his or her personal and professional life. A person who has been arrested and charged of committing a crime will definitely need the most convincing defense from a seasoned criminal defense attorney to help ensure the safety of his or her future.

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