Spring break is here again! Florida is known for being spring break central because of the great weather and beaches. There’s something to do just about every single day of the week here in Florida, and the parties on the beach are probably the most popular activity - especially for college students and young adults. Having been in the Treasure Coast for over 40 years, we at the Lewis Law Group know that spring can be lots of fun, but that things can quickly get out of hand and ruin the fun. In this article we’d like to highlight some of the common legal infractions that occur during spring break and give you a few pointers on what to do in each type of situation.
Driving Under the Influence - DUIs
Let’s face it, these days there aren’t many parties that don’t include alcohol. No one is telling you not to drink, but if you do plan to we highly suggest getting a designated driver. Florida has some standard drunk driving fines and penalties, but it’s important to remember that Florida has an implied consent law - this means if you refuse to take a breathalyzer you will automatically receive a fine and 1 year suspension of your license. Things can get even worse if you get behind the wheel after consuming alcoholic beverages and an accident occurs. If you’re driving under the influence and get into an accident, you should never leave the scene of the accident - the charges will be much worse if you do. So whether you’ve just had one beer or an entire bottle of tequila, if you [or a loved one] have been charged for drunk driving the stakes are too high to go through the court system without a very experienced DUI attorney.
Criminal Drug Charges
This survey by projectknow.com uncovered that 30% of spring breakers use illicit drugs. When partying and alcohol are paired up, people don’t always think rationally. That said, possession doesn’t necessarily mean use, but possession is illegal. Things can get crazy during spring break, we understand this and if you, or a loved one, do get caught with drugs, you need to call an attorney as soon as possible. When it comes to drug possession charges, the stakes are way too high to go through the process without a very experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side. With over 40 years of legal experience, Lewis Law Group is the firm to call.
Things aren’t always as extreme as alcohol and drugs, but any stumble - despite how small - with the law can be time consuming and stressful. Spring break is usually a crowded time of year, and not everyone is here for the parties. Lots of families enjoy spring break here in Florida, partaking in fun activities like boating, skiing, surfing, swimming, bike riding, cycling, riding on mopeds, hoverboards and more. Because there are so many tourists, it can get crowded and accidents can happen. Whether it’s a car accident, or a bike accident, or some other type of personal injury case, you can count on the attorneys at the Lewis Law Group to represent you. Whether you were behind the wheel or you were on the other end of things, we’ve got your best interest at heart and we urge you to call us for a free consultation.
The sun is out and it’s the season for fun. Things don’t always go to plan and sometimes you find yourself in a situation you weren’t planning to. The law does dictate that every person is innocent until proven guilty and we believe you deserve to have a competent, experienced legal team on your side to defend that inherent innocence. So if you experience any trouble with the law this spring break - whether it’s a felony charge or something less severe - we encourage you to give us a call and schedule a consultation.