Drugs, Alcohol and Spring Break

Are You Going on Spring Break This Year?

Each year students around the country plan trips to the beach for Spring Break, and according to the Chicago Tribune, more than fifty percent of all college students head to warmer weather for their week off.  The problem is a week of binge drinking is unbelievably dangerous. Each year nearly 2,000-college students die from alcohol related incidents. Over Spring Break, the number of arrests for underage drinking skyrockets. In March of 2015, the Panama City Beach Police Department reportedly confiscated ninety-three guns. In that same week, they made over 500 drug arrests.

Warning: Alabama Police Will Be Out In Full Force This Year

Alabama beaches are already preparing for the upcoming holiday festivities. Gulf Shores becomes one of the nation’s most visited cities during the month of March, and from March 1 to April 17 this year, alcohol will not be permitted anywhere on the beach. Last March, there were 460 arrests in Gulf Shores. The majority of those arrests were for underage drinking. I have spoken personally with law enforcement, and the police are going to be in greater force than prior years in order to promote public safety. The reason they are doing this is because there has been so many instances of violence and lives lost due to foolish choices made under the influence. As an attorney, I can be selective in who I represent. If someone has an otherwise clean record and this is there first or second time ever having an issue with the law, then I will work to not let the one bad decision ruin their life. The job market is tight. Having a substance arrest on your record can be devastating to your future. The good news is prosecutors and judges will generally work with people who have otherwise clean records as long as they are willing to help the community and take responsibility for their actions.

The Reid Law Firm Can Help

If you, a family member or a friend know is arrested over the Spring Break anywhere in the state of Alabama for a non-violent substance related crime, please contact the Reid Law Firm by text immediately at 205-913-7406 or e-mail chris.reid@reidlawalabama.com . It’s imperative in these situations that you act as fast as possible, if you don’t these charges can haunt you for the rest of your life.

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Our firm practices the following areas of law: wills, trust, and estates, divorce and family, DUI and drug offenses (only first and second time offenses), and car accident cases. We also handle business law, including formation of business entities and drafting contracts. Additionally, I co-host Yellowhammer News every Monday during lunch from 11-12 on 101.1 fm Birmingham (but our show is broadcast throughout most of the state).