Help! I Have Been Arrested on Spring Break!
In 2017, Ocean Rescue estimated that there were 136,330 visitors per weekend during Spring Break. Miami attracts college students from all around the country, and for good reason. The warm sunshine, the white sandy beaches, and the great party scene naturally draws in young people. As a matter of fact, South Beach is America’s top Spring Break destination for 2018.
Unfortunately, however, some people have a little bit too much fun. Miami Beach Police arrested 35 people in a single weekend last year. Police have consistently said that they were going to come down hard on Spring Breakers, to try and make sure things do not get out of control.
If you do get arrested while you are down here on Spring Break, just follow this guide.
Know the Crimes
The easiest way to handle being arrested is to not get arrested. In Florida, recreational marijuana is illegal. The police arrest a lot of people for crimes related to alcohol, such as disorderly intoxication, possession of alcohol by people under the age of 21, or DUI. If it is illegal in your home state, chances are it is illegal in Florida. Conversely, if it is legal in your state, it may not ne legal in Florida.
Know Your Rights
I always tell my clients that police officers have 1000% street authority. They may not be right, but they are in control. That said, you don’t have to agree with what’s happening, but you should be respectful. Let me deal with law enforcement and I’ll clean up the mess for you.
Apart from being respectful, you don’t need to answer their questions and you certainly don’t have to consent to anything. You should give the officer your name and date of birth, but you should tell them that you would like to speak to your lawyer or have your lawyer present before answering any further questions. Those are the magic words to stop them from questioning you or asking you for consent to search your person, vehicle, or home/hotel room.
You have the right to an attorney. Exercising this right is vital to protecting your future.