Large outdoor music festivals and concerts invite attendees to bring their friends, enjoy some music, and have a whole lot of fun. Many outdoor festivals also offer food booths, carnival rides, and other attractions. They are advertised as a whole experience, where some even run for multiple days and offer overnight camping. While the festivals provide a whole lot of fun for attendees, they also cause issues that call law enforcement to break up the fun.
One of the biggest recurring problems with music festivals is the usage and possession of illegal drugs. While alcohol may be served at the event for those who are 21 and older, smuggling in and using drugs of any kind is illegal. Illegal drugs are illegal for a reason. They are harmful to the body, and people react differently to the drugs. Some can “handle” more than others, but any amount is unsafe. The more drugs a body has in the system, the more dangerous they are to themselves and others. When alcohol and drugs are mixed, the person is even more dangerous.
Remember that summertime concerts mean that attendees are burning through their energy under a scorching sun. Staying hydrated with water is imperative in order to avoid exhaustion, dehydration, and fainting. When this happens, paramedics come in, and that is also when they may discover the patient is under the influence.
If the police find someone under the influence of illegal drugs or in possession of them, they will take that person away in handcuffs. The person faces fines and some time in jail. If they are found with an excessive amount of drugs, they can face a few years in prison.
For a person to have a lot of excitement about a concert, only to have it end abruptly because of health complications or because they were caught with drugs is really unfortunate. That is money wasted, lasting memories never had, and time lost. Getting arrested is a lot of stress for a person and it may make them think again before taking drugs at a festival. Hopefully they realize they do not need drugs.
Music festivals are no strangers to some drug abuse and arrests, but it needs to stop before it gets out of control and ruins the fun for everyone.
In order to be released from jail, a person must meet certain “requirements.”
- Having not yet been convicted of the crime.
- Having solid, reliable relationships with others in the community. This shows that the defendant is likely to appear for court and less likely to flee.
- Not appearing as a threat to the public.
- Having little to no prior criminal history.
- Being accused of a crime that is neither serious nor violent.
- Being granted bail.
How much bail is will really depend on a case by case basis. Understandably, the more serious the crime was, the more expensive the bail will be. Additionally, if the defendant is a repeat offender, they are more likely to have a higher bail than a person who is a first time offender. Bail can range from a few hundred to thousands; in more high profile cases, bail can be hundreds of thousands to millions.
Luckily, the majority of people who are granted bail are not going to face that million dollar price mark.
Here are some common crimes and the average bail for the charges:
- Driving when the license has been suspended or revoked: $1,000+ for a first offense, $5,000+ for repeat offenses.
- Fleeing the scene of a hit and run, and another person was injured or killed: $10,000+.
- DUI: $5,000 for a first offense
- Speeding and racing with other drivers: $10.000+
- Violating a restraining order: $50,000
- Possession of illegal drugs: $30,000 if possession is up to 1 kilogram. Bail increases if there are more drugs in possession.
- Robbery: $50,000+
- Assault with a deadly weapon: $100,000
Bail bond companies like South Central Bail Bond Store work with defendants and their families to lower the amount they pay for bail. To clarify, bail bond companies cannot get the official bail lowered, instead, they provide defendants with payment plans whose payments sum up to 10% of the full bail.
If you have questions or would like a free consultation, please contact South Central Bail Bond Store online or at 562-866-0081.