March 5, 2020
Avoid Possession Charges at Okeechobee Music Festival with a Criminal Lawyer
The Okeechobee Music Festival made its grand debut in 2016. Each year since, it has attracted great artists and has become a fun place to be for locals and out-of-town visitors. While the festival is intended to be a gathering of music lovers, it can also be a breeding ground for drug-related activity. Make sure you have a criminal lawyer to protect your rights.
Local law enforcement routinely reports arrests of festival attendees for possession of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, MDMA (ecstasy, molly), LSD and marijuana.
If you or someone you know was arrested for drug possession while attending the Okeechobee Music Festival, you need the help of an experienced drug crimes attorney. Criminal charges can result in penalties including jail time, suspension of drivers license and steep fines. Help from a criminal lawyer can help you avoid these penalties.
Criminal charges can be difficult for anyone to cope with, but are especially challenging for those who may have been visiting from out of town to attend the music festival and who will have to return for court dates. At the Law Office of Brian H. Mallonee, we can help.
Common Criminal Offenses at the Okeechobee Music Festival:
• Drug Possession (Cocaine, MDMA/Ecstasy, Marijuana)
• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• Drug Trafficking
• Prescription Drug Crimes
When you are charged with a criminal offense, your first call should be to a defense attorney. If you are charged at the music festival, you’ll want an attorney who practices in the area even if you live out of state so your lawyer can help you understand the laws of the local courts and can work with you to raise defenses or to negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf.
As part of the effort to deter drug crimes at the Okeechobee Music Festival, local law enforcement officers routinely implement traffic checkpoints at key sites leading in and out of the festival. Officers also increase their vigilance in watching for traffic violations. If your vehicle is stopped at a checkpoint or because of a simple traffic violation, officers may choose to conduct a more thorough investigation if they suspect the presence of drugs. This may involve walking a drug-sniffing dog around the vehicle or asking permission to conduct a search of its interior. If law enforcement finds drugs in your car, on your possession or in the possession of your passengers, it can and will lead to an arrest and possible drug charges.
Ensuring that your constitutional rights regarding search and seizure were not violated is an important aspect of any drug crime case, as well as all the details on police procedure. If you were arrested on your way to or from the Okeechobee Music Festival it is most likely that a vehicle search occurred. Was that search done in a legal manner that did not violate your constitutional rights? If the search was illegal what can you do about it? These are just some of the questions your criminal defense lawyer should be prepared to address.
If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with drug possession at the Okeechobee Music festival it is important that you contact an experienced drug possession drug lawyer to fight for your rights and your freedom.
To learn more about what defenses might work for you, contact our office at (772) 464-1991 to schedule a free consultation with a criminal lawyer.
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