Public Intoxication, Jail Time & Posting Bond
It is not uncommon for Spring Breakers to contact Texas police departments
ahead of time to ask about fines for public intoxication, fighting, or
other spring break “criminal” activities that can result in
an arrest. Unfortunately, even if you are prepared with the exact change
in pocket, if you are arrested during Spring Break you won’t be
able to post bond and walk right out.
If you are facing charges due to your Spring Break activities, it pays
to speak with an experienced, knowledgeable
Fort Worth criminal defense attorney from Jerry Loftin & Associates. We can assist in handling your case
quickly and effectively so that you can preserve the Spring Break memories
with a smile instead of regret.
The Arrest Process
Because of the onslaught of Spring Breakers on Texas beach towns and party
areas, officers are on high alert, and additional officers are brought
in to high-traffic areas. In these areas, there is a methodical approach
to Spring Break crime detention, because of the sheer number of arrests
made during that week.
A Spring Break arrest may involve the following:
- Once an offense has been cited, and if there is an on-site arrest, you
will be taken to the station. Anyone over the age of 17 is considered
an adult, and laws apply as such.
- If your offense was of the intoxication nature, you will have to stay in
the holding tank until you are sober enough to not be a harm to yourself
or others, even if you have the money to post bond. Remember, all but
one pair of clothing will be removed from your person, including your
shoes, belt, socks, and anything else that could be used for harm.
- Keep in mind, law enforcement officials do not take cash, checks, or ATM,
so you will have to call a friend or family member to get a cashier’s
check or money order for you.
- If you are arrested after business hours, plan to be held for quite a while.
You will meet with a judge the morning after your arrest in most cases.
If you plead guilty, you will be given a fine (depending on the charges)
but if you plead not guilty, you will have to come back for a trial date
typically 30-60 days later. If you are visiting from out of town, this
may prove to be a frustrating and time-consuming process. Failure to return
for your trial will result in warrants for your arrest.
Spring Breakers must remember that the week of Spring Break is a
no-refusal week, so if you are detained and asked to perform a sobriety test, failure
to do so will result in a warrant for a blood test.
Request a Free Consultation: (817) 429-2000
If you are facing criminal charges from a Spring Break arrest, you need
the legal guidance of a practiced Fort Worth attorney from our team. We
can help you navigate the legal system so that your future is protected.
Don’t let a week of fun change your whole life.
Contact our team to discuss your case and determine what the best next steps are for your
circumstances. We will work with you and provide legal counsel with your
best interests at heart.
Contact our team today at (817) 429-2000.