Word is that the unofficial criminal defense slogan of Coachella is “Come on vacation, leave on probation.” It’s a catchy motto but with Bonnaroo only a month away, it’s one that makes us nervous. If the 2014 Bonnaroo event is anything like the ones in previous years, we’re looking at almost 100,000 people in 530 acres of farmland out in Manchester, TN. And we’re willing to bet that some of those people will be in trouble with the law before the 4 day festival runs its course.
Understand, we love a musical festival at Lowery, Lowery & Cherry – we really do. We know that Bonnaroo isn’t plagued with the reputation that Coachella has. But we also know that out-of-state visitors who run into trouble here in Tennessee might not know what’s in store for them or how much trouble they could be in.
Legal services for festival attendees
First things first: you need to know that the police are not only there to protect you, but to stop any potential criminal acts that may take place during the festival. The most common causes for citations or arrest include:
- Underage drinking
- Drunk driving
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Attempt to sell or distribute a controlled substance
- Sexual assault
We have extensive experience defending people accused of each of these crimes and a successful track record to boot. We also work hard to help those who aren’t residents of Tennessee. We represent you in court if you’re arrested, and we offer long-distance conferencing by telephone or by through programs like Skype or Facetime.
But we also work with you when the court requires mandatory community service or counseling. In Tennessee, for example, a DUI conviction may require you to participate in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. If you’re convicted of a DUI in Tennessee but live in, say, California, meeting that requirement will be mighty hard. We work with the courts to allow you to complete that program in your home state – if we can’t have your charges dismissed outright, that is.
More importantly, however, we fight to keep you out of prison. Picked up some weed or LSD in Kentucky and brought it to the festival? That’s drug trafficking – and it’s a felony. When you’re facing serious charges like trafficking and you’re far away from home, you need an attorney who knows the laws inside and out.
We want you to enjoy Bonnaroo, but we also want your rights to be protected if things go sideways on you. Give us a call if you have questions; we have the answers.