Many students across Ohio were enjoying a week off for spring break this week; others have vacation scheduled for the weeks ahead. Whenever you have time off, your plan is likely to relax, have fun and enjoy a break from the demands of work and school.
However, just because you are on vacation does not mean that rules no longer apply. Whether you are heading somewhere warm or staying right here in Ohio, you must remember that you can still face criminal charges if you are arrested for breaking the law.
During spring break, young people can feel less inhibited and more willing to take risks. Couple that with little or no supervision, and there is plenty of opportunity for students to make some bad decisions. This can lead to drinking and drug use, which only further compromises someone’s ability to think clearly and use good judgment. Remember, though, that any mistakes you make while under the influence will still be there when you sober up.
Similarly, any criminal charges filed against you on vacation won’t just go away when it’s time to go home. You will still need to resolve the situation or face additional legal penalties.
Lastly, remember that what happens on spring break does not stay on spring break when it comes to criminal activity. There are very real and long-term consequences of a criminal conviction that will affect everything from your criminal record and your right to vote to your driving privileges and your participation in school activities.
With all this in mind, we urge young people to be careful and stay safe during spring break. However, no one is perfect, and people make mistakes.
If you do end up arrested for something like drunk driving, theft or drug possession, then take the situation seriously and consult an attorney as soon as possible to avoid additional penalties. With legal support, you can defend yourself, protect your rights and protect your future.