Spring Break Crime Defense
Did you get arrested during spring break?
Panama City Beach is a city located in Bay County, Florida and is located on the "Emerald Coast" of the Gulf of Mexico. For a long time Panama City Beach has been a popular tourist destination and a favorite among college students on spring break. Panama City Beach's slogan is, "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches" thanks to its sugary-white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Coined as "The Spring Break Capital of the World," more than 100,000 high school and college students from nearby Tallahassee, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama flock to Panama City Beach during the warm months of March and April.
Panama City Beach is the closest to paradise you can get, with 27 miles of stunning white sand and emerald green waters. With tons of attractions and no shortage of things to do, spring breakers flock to Panama City Beach every year to take in some of the most beautiful sugary white sands and emerald, green waters they will ever set their eyes upon. High school seniors and college students can partake in sport fishing, exciting night life, and relaxing spa getaways. They can also dine at some of the world's most top-notch restaurants or engage in beach activities, all of which make their trip to Panama City Beach an unforgettable experience.
When Spring Break Fun Turns Into an Arrest
As college students and high school students are well-aware, Panama City Beach is one of the best spring break destinations in the world. Whether you're interested in taking an adventure out at sea; visiting Ripley's Believe it or Not; visiting Wonderworks, the 39,000 square foot upside-down building; taking a spring break party cruise; or going parasailing, jet skiing, or taking a dolphin tour; or if you're shopping at Pier Park, this is the place to be for spring break. However, what if something goes wrong on your trip of a lifetime and you find yourself arrested and sitting in a jail cell?
Whether you're a resident of Panama City, or if you're visiting on spring break, when you're arrested, it's absolutely critical that you enlist the services of a local Panama City criminal defense lawyer who is not only familiar with Florida State laws, but who knows the local law enforcement, local prosecutors and local judges, and has an established rapport with these important individuals. At Seaton Law Offices, P.A., we are an established criminal defense law firm in Panama City that is entirely devoted to upholding our clients' rights and helping them achieve positive case outcomes regardless of the nature of their charges.
Disorderly Intoxication, DUI and Violent Crimes
The penalties for disorderly intoxication can be extensive, including up to 60 days in jail, and 6 months of probation. The fines can range as high as $600. This offense must have one of two factors present. Either the person is drunk and is endangering the safety of others, or is drinking in public and creating a disturbance. What actually happened is very important with regard to the charges filed against you and the final outcome of your case. A person who is intoxicated and is just a minor annoyance to others would not meet the requirements of creating a disturbance. You may be able to get your charges dismissed or reduced, but you must act quickly if you are facing charges of disorderly intoxication. We can help.
DUI Offenses at Spring Break
Underage drinking is one of the most common charges filed against Spring Break partiers in Panama City. Charges of minor in possession of alcohol can have heavy consequences. Countless young people are partying in the area, but if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, you can find yourself in the hands of law enforcement. You will be asked for your ID, and if you are underage, expect to be taken to the police station and subsequently charged. Most visitors during Spring Break live in another state, making the situation more difficult legally. You have to go home, but what can you do to get this resolved? The first step is to contact our Panama City criminal attorney. This should take place immediately after your arrest, so we can move into action for you.
You can be rest assured that either your case, or your son or daughter's case will be in capable, competent hands. Our firm deals with all types of criminal offenses that are commonly committed by juveniles or college students while visiting Panama City on spring break, some of which include but are not limited to:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
- Drug crimes (possession, drug paraphernalia, prescription drug crimes, sales etc.)
- Assault or battery (e.g. fighting)
- Underage drinking
- Sex crimes (indecent exposure, sex with a minor, rape, date rape etc.)
- Using a fake I.D.
- Public drunkenness
- Theft crimes (shoplifting etc.)
- Driving without a license
- Property crimes
Contact a Panama City Criminal Defense Attorney Today!
Whether you were arrested for a crime or if you are a parent whose son or daughter was arrested during spring break, we urge you to contact a Panama City criminal defense attorney from the Seaton Law Offices, P.A. right away. Having a criminal conviction can not only involve fines, community service, incarceration and a criminal record, but certain sex crimes can require mandatory sex offender registration. What's more, a criminal conviction can have negative implications on a young student's college education, their access to scholarships and entrance into prestigious colleges. For an aggressive defense in your criminal matter, please don't hesitate to contact an attorney from our firm today! Your future is important to us; don't let a momentary lapse in judgment affect the rest of your life.