On the Second Thursday in June every summer since 2002, Bonnaroo has transformed the village of Manchester, Tennessee into a massive music festival teeming with thousands of enthusiastic people both young and old who come for the diverse line-up. This year, the festival will run from June 8-11, 2017. Whether you are into classic rock, hip-hop, jazz, bluegrass, country, folk or an alternative music genre, musical acts perform in tents located throughout Great Stage Park, which at any other time of the year is just a 700-acre farm.
Along with the chance to listen to world class bands alongside up-and-comers, festival attendees often look forward to a hedonistic good time complete with lots of alcohol and drugs. Every year there are many arrests for drug use and possession and for DUI and drunk and disorderly.
If you are issued a citation at Bonnaroo, or if you are arrested, you will need to hire a local criminal defense attorney right away. In past years, local law enforcement would issue a citation for minor drug offenses, which the person receiving the citation could mail in payment for the fine and court fees and that would be the end of it. Now, if you have been issued a citation, you must show up to court in person. If you do not want to have criminal charges on your permanent record, it is vital that you contact an experienced Franklin criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates who can make sure that your Bonnaroo citation or arrest is expunged (removed) from your record.
If you are a college student with promising career aspirations, you cannot have a criminal conviction on your record where future colleges and universities and employers can find evidence of your youthful mistake
What to do during a Bonnaroo traffic stop
Every year around Bonnaroo time it’s open season for law enforcement around Manchester, Tennessee. Local police offices have keen instincts for targeting Bonnaroovians on their way in or out of the festival vicinity. They often set up sobriety checkpoints where they can search for drunk or drugged drivers. Follow these tips to avoid a traffic stop, but if you get stopped here’s what to do:
- Never drink and drive. Do not allow your passengers to drink in the car or carry or use drugs in the car while you are driving. Give yourself plenty of time to rest up and get sober before you get behind the wheel if you have had something to drink that day.
- Always obey the local traffic laws when traveling to and when you are leaving Bonnaroo. Drive safely, do not speed, stop at stop signs and do not run red lights or tailgate other vehicles. Not only are these unsafe behaviors, but they make you noticeable to law enforcement, who are already eager for the smallest excuse to pull you over.
- If you end up in a traffic stop, be cordial and polite to the officer. Remain calm and encourage the passengers in your vehicle to do the same. Remember that everything you say to the officer can be later used against you, so comply with the officer’s instructions, but do not supply any additional information.
If you receive a citation or are arrested at Bonnaroo, do not hesitate to call a criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates right away.
Bonnaroo holds so much potential for a lot of fun and good memories, but sometimes those fun times end in handcuffs or with a citation. If you run into problems with the law during your visit to Bonnaroo, you will want to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. We are here to help whether you are a local or if you live in another state. We protect your rights when you must go to court and we do everything within the law to prevent a youthful indiscretion for ruining your future success. You are urged to call the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates right away at 615.412.1121 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment with a Bonnaroo criminal defense attorney in Franklin, Columbia or Brentwood.