Spring break is a time of fun, sun, and hanging out with friends. It can also be a time of making bad decisions that land spring breakers in trouble with the law, which can lead to arrests and criminal records. Here are some of the most common offenses:
- Possession of Alcohol by a Minor
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Public Intoxication
- Traffic Tickets
Dealing with Traffic Tickets & Other Charges
For traffic tickets during a spring break road trip, each offense can mean insurance points and these points can have a serious impact on your driving record, as well as insurance premiums.
- Speeding: 1 to 4 points
- Reckless Driving: 4 points
- Highway Racing: 10 points
- Driving While Impaired (DWI): 12 points
If you are from out of town and are arrested and charged with certain offenses, you may be able to “waive” your appearance by having an attorney appear on your behalf. Consult with an attorney to determine if you may be eligible for this.
Taking Steps to Avoid Problems
Most legal problems over spring break travel can be avoided using some common sense and following a few tips:
- Research the laws of the state you are visiting, as well as the states you are driving through if you are taking a road trip.
- Make sure your license, registration, and insurance are up-to-date.
- Don’t involve yourself in any known illegal activities.
- If, in the unfortunate circumstance, you are pulled over, get in a wreck, or become involved in any situation where there are police, don’t panic. Provide the basic information required, but make sure you consult with an attorney immediately to inquire about your rights.