Keeping You Safe and Free during Bonnaroo
Experienced Tennessee attorneys fight your festival-related charges
Music festivals are always fun: you can spend time with your friends (making new ones along the way) and support the bands you love. Bonnaroo takes this experience to an entirely different level: where else can you see Prince, the Foo Fighters and the Rolling Stones all in one place? You can also partake in a number of fun non-music related activities, from the cinema to the arts to sampling local fare and brews.
Unfortunately, the law enforcement officials in Tennessee believe that festival attendees are into a different kind of activity altogether. They’re actively searching for law breakers – and they’re looking to make big busts. At Lowery, Lowery & Cherry, PLLC, we want you to make the most of the festival season, so that you can keep coming back to Bonnaroo each year to make new memories. Avoid an arrest this season by following some simple rules. If you are arrested, we’ll be right there by your side to ensure that your rights are protected, fighting to have your charges dropped.
How to avoid getting arrested at Bonnaroo
Like all great music festivals, Bonnaroo fosters a spirit of creativity and excitement. It can be easy to be swept up in the chaos. To avoid getting arrested at Bonnaroo, or at any concert or festival, we recommend the following:
- Make sure your car is in good shape. Check your headlights, your taillights and your brake lights. Remove anything that’s hanging from the mirror (Tennessee issues tickets for window obstruction), and make sure your wipers are in good working order. If your registration isn’t up to date, take care of that immediately; same with your car insurance.
- Stay away from illegal activities. Whatever you do, don’t go near the concert attendees who are using drugs. Don’t share their joints, don’t buy any pills and don’t drive anyone you don’t know who may have drugs on their person. If you’re taking a prescription medication, bring a copy of that prescription and have the name and telephone number of the prescribing doctor on you at all times.
- Stay celibate. A sexual assault charge is one of the most serious in Tennessee; just ask partner Jeff Cherry, who handles many of these cases for the firm. Avoid hooking up with anyone you don’t know.
- Park the car for good. If you’re of age and you wish to imbibe alcohol at the concert, you’re within your legal rights to do so. But whatever you do, don’t get behind the wheel of a car. Don’t even get in the car with someone else who’s been drinking, lest you also get a DUI. (It happens in Tennessee.) Don’t purchase alcohol for ANYONE you know is underage, or anyone whose birthday you’re unsure of. The best advice? Don’t get drunk at all: Tennessee police can arrest you for a disorderly persons charge if you seem out of control and a danger to yourself and/or others.
- Leave your weapons at home. Bonnaroo seems like the last place on earth anyone would bring a gun – but weapons charges are no joke. Don’t even carry a pocket knife; you’ll be better off.
- Put down the phone when you’re driving. Handheld cell phone usage is illegal in Tennessee, and in most states throughout the country. Don’t make any calls or text anyone while driving to or from the festival.
- Keep your mouth shut. If by chance you are pulled over or questioned by police, don’t answer any questions. Undercover police don’t have to tell you they’re undercover, and believe us – they WILL be at the festival. Admit to nothing, offer no further information, and ask for a lawyer immediately if you’re arrested.
Here at Lowery, Lowery & Cherry, we handle cases for clients around the country who have been arrested or ticketed at music festivals like Bonnaroo. We are intimately familiar with the legal system, and have years of experience. We know which criminal charges are most common at Bonnaroo, and we know how the local prosecutors and judiciary react to each kind of charge. Our skilled team offers aggressive defense strategies designed to resolve your problems quickly and efficiently, and we work hard to have your charges dismissed outright. When charges cannot be dropped, we are skilled negotiators who know how to negotiate a charge for lesser penalties and fines.
Stay safe at Bonnaroo in 2015
Lowery, Lowery & Cherry, PPLC is a premier criminal defense law firm in Tennessee. We have extensive experience defending concert goers from around the country. If you’re facing charges from Bonnaroo or any festival, please call 615.454.9404 or fill out our convenient contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.