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Top 10 Legal Tips for Spring Breakers

By Brett Snider, Esq. | Last updated on

Spring break is almost here, and for some, it may have already sprung. Whether it's fun in the sun, partying on the slopes, or just a much-needed getaway, everyone could use some relaxation.

But while you're having fun on your spring break, don't forget these 10 legal tips:

1. Drink Responsibly

Spring break should be a time to cut loose, but public intoxication and DUI charges are also serious consequences of overdoing your drinking. Make a plan and have a designated driver.

2. Curb Your Herb, Bro

While you likely won't get arrested by an FBI agent for carrying pot, flying with marijuana is still illegal. And while many states have legalized recreational marijuana, it's still illegal to possess and smoke in most spring break locations. Check the marijuana laws in your destination state.

3. Stay Safe in Mexico and Other Foreign Countries

Many spring breakers head south of the border or to a Caribbean island, but try to remember that American laws don't apply there. And check the State Department's travel advisories to Mexico or other countries to see if your area is prone to crime and kidnapping.

4. Respect Local Businesses

Not every business in a popular spring break destination wants to be a part of the party. Don't end up in trouble for trespassing by bringing the party somewhere it isn't welcome.

5. Don't 'Check In' on Social Media

Checking in on Twitter or Facebook or posting photos of you on Instagram or live shots on TikTok alerts burglars that you are not at home.

6. Know Where Everyone Is Going

It's spring break. Do you know where your children (and grandchildren) are? Knowing your kids' travel plans can also help you avoid scams like the spring break "Grandparent Scam," in which a stranger calls to claim that a loved one is in trouble in a foreign country and needs to be wired cash. Additionally, it is helpful to know where to pick them up if they're really in trouble.

7. Consider Getting a Power of Attorney, Just in Case

While you're away on spring break, you may want someone else to have the power to make important decisions if you're unreachable or suddenly incapacitated. A financial power of attorney helps you with your finances, and a health care power of attorney helps with medical decisions.

8. Avoid Spring Break Brawls

Too much alcohol combined with too many young people often means someone is getting into a fight. It's not worth it. In fact, you could end up in jail on an assault charge, which means a criminal record that follows you for years. Walk away, and call the cops if you need to.

9. Be Prepared for Airline Delays and Cancellations

The friendly skies aren't all that friendly lately with flight delays and cancellations. Know your rights when your flight is canceled and what to do if you are bumped from your flight.

10. Understand Your Rights if You Must Cancel Your Trip

If your spring break plans go belly up due to weather or a family emergency, make sure you know your rights to cancel airline or hotel reservations.

Knowing what legal issues may arise will help you plan for them. Whether for your kids or yourself, you may want to hold onto the phone number of a criminal defense attorney if you have to make "that call." In some of the more popular spring break destinations, some lawyers even advertise their services for spring break-related legal problems.

Stay safe and have fun during spring break!

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