For many young individuals all across the US, spring break means time for great fun and great fun can mean skipping out of town to a perfect vacation retreat. While a long drive to another US state can be exciting, it is often necessary to first get to know the specific laws of the state one is planning to visit, especially its laws on driving, DUI, possession of alcohol or illegal drugs, which young vacationists sometimes use recklessly.
States may differ in treating or in punishing illegal acts, like DUI or minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol but, definitely, what is considered to be a crime in one state remains to be a crime in another. And, if caught committing an illegal act in the state visited, it is that state’s to be applied rather than the state where the violator resides.
Those who are caught, for instance, of possessing alcohol can be charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age (PAULA) or minor in possession (MIP). PAULA or MIP is a violation of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, a federal mandate that was passed in 1984. This law forbids minors, who are below 21 years old, to possess or purchase alcoholic beverages in public (except under certain conditions).
The usual punishment of those charged for the first time with PAULA or MIP (so long as the offense does not involve public intoxication or DUI/DWI) is a fine not less than $100 but not more than $200. Repeat offenders, however, can be required by the court to render community service or participate in an alcohol education program or DUI school besides paying a fine. The suspension of driving privileges is also applied in other states.
On its website the Flaherty Defense Firm speaks about the many arrests made by police officers in Destin, a favorite spring break destination. These arrests become sources of much inconvenience to charged individuals as they would be required to make back and forth state to state trips just to deal with the charge made against them. While leaving Destin without first resolving the specific crime an individual has been charged with is a very unwise move, hiring the services of a dependable and dedicated Destin criminal defense lawyer is. First, being represented by such lawyer will eliminate the inconvenience of having to travel back and forth to Florida and, second, it is possible that the lawyer hired will be able to argue and convince the court to have the charge dropped instead.Read More