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09 Mar 2016

Okeechobee Music Festival Poses Legal Risks for Attendees

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Okeechobee Festival Arrest

The musical festival scene offers opportunities for bands and artists to reach new audiences and for music lovers to take in some of the hottest sounds in the industry. The upcoming Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will showcase more than 80 bands, DJs and artists during its three-day run from March 4th to 6th, 2016. Festival goers should be careful, however, to avoid committing offenses that could carry heavy fines or even land them in jail. Attorney Jeffrey H. Garland can provide expert legal help for individuals facing charges associated with their attendance at the Okeechobee festival or at other large public gatherings. Here’s what you should know before heading out to the festival this spring.

Mass Arrests Are Common

Police round-ups of suspects are increasingly common at music festivals across the United States. In November 2015, for example, California law enforcement officials rounded up more than 480 people at two separate events in Pomona and San Bernardino for offenses ranging from possession of illegal drugs, carrying fake identification, public intoxication or suspicion of being under the influence of illegal drugs. In some cases, these mass arrests may be the result of pressure resulting from previous incidents of drug overdose or violence at these festivals.

Drug Offenses a Key Concern

Many of the arrests made at these events are for drug-related offenses that may include possession or sale of marijuana or other drugs. In some cases, police may arrest individuals suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A phone call to an attorney who specializes in these cases can often provide the assertive representation needed to achieve dismissals or to win the day in the courtroom setting. Those arrested in these venues should avoid making any statements that could incriminate them and should contact an attorney as quickly as possible to protect their legal rights.

Attorney Jeffrey H. Garland is a board certified criminal trial lawyer who offers expert legal representation for those arrested in festival settings and other large public venues. By contacting him as soon as possible after you are arrested, you can significantly improve your chances of having your case dismissed or of achieving a plea agreement to lesser charges. If you have been arrested for any reason in a large-scale public venue, Jeffrey H. Garland can provide the support you need to navigate the legal process and ensure a fair resolution for your case in and out of the courtroom setting.

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