Since 2002, massive crowds have flocked to Tennessee each year for a weekend of music and fun at the annual Bonnaroo music festival. While this annual event always proves to be a good time of recreation and fun, it is not without its downsides. To compensate for the incoming crowds of people, local police typically step up their presence in the area before, during, and after the festival, leading to a noticeable spike in arrests.
Bonnaroo arrests commonly stem from the following offenses:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Drug possession
- Drug sales
- Minor in possession of alcohol
- Minor in possession of fake ID
- Possession of marijuana
- Assault and battery
- Public intoxication
If you are arrested at Bonnaroo 2016, make sure you do the following:
1. Do not resist police: one of the worst things you can do is to resist an officer during an arrest. Not only will this result in additional charges, but it could also expose you to the possibility of being injured in the process. Police officers are armed and are fully prepared to discharge their weapons if they feel their lives are in danger. Do not take this risk.
2. Do not consent to a search: If the police ask to search your vehicle, decline this request. The police may not conduct a search without a warrant or your consent.
3. Stay silent: Once you have been taken into custody, the police will likely ask you several leading questions in an attempt to get you to willingly provide incriminating information. Do not fall into this trap! Anything you say can and will be used against you. Simply evoke your Fifth Amendment rights and refrain from discussing your case without an attorney present.
4. Contact an attorney: Depending on your specific charges, you may be facing serious penalties upon conviction such as jail time, expensive fines, and a permanent criminal record. It is imperative you trust your case to a powerful criminal defense attorney who can defend your freedom and protect your reputation.
At Joshua T. Crain, Attorney at Law, our Bonnaroo arrest defense lawyer has defended thousands of accused individuals and can provide the powerful support you need to maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome. To find out more about how we can help, schedule a free case review today or call (615) 200-9409 today.