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Avoid juvenile crimes charges during spring break

Many students in Florida have likely made plans for spring break. This is the time when they can do whatever they want, and at this age, with all the newly found freedom, partying might be high on the list. However, rules and laws during spring break are as strict as any other time, and disregarding restrictions might lead to juvenile crimes charges with devastating consequences.

Students might need to be particularly mindful of varying state laws if they plan to travel across state lines. The best way to avoid legal problems might be to wear seat belts whenever they are in vehicles, comply with traffic laws and -- most importantly -- avoid using drugs or alcohol before or while driving. Those who plan to use air travel may also want to hold back on alcohol use both before and during the flight. Impairment may result in a denial of permission to board, and drunkenness during the flight could lead to an arrest upon landing.

Alcohol has proved to be the primary source of problems picked up during spring break. Students in unfamiliar locations may do well to learn about the prevailing alcohol-related laws. There may be certain areas and times where and when the use of alcohol is prohibited, and other restrictions may exist that are different to the familiar rules in one's home state.

Enjoying spring break with a total abandon of rules and regulations may be a once-in-a-life experience, but it could have long-term consequences. Florida students who find themselves in trouble with the law are best advised to seek legal counsel before making statements or answering questions by law enforcement. A skilled attorney who has experience in dealing with cases involving juvenile crimes charges can protect the rights of the accused student, and seek the best possible outcome.

Source: FindLaw, "Spring Break Travel Tips to Avoid Legal Issues", Ceylan Pumphrey, March 27, 2018

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