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Is law enforcement targeting music festivals?

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2023 | Criminal Defense | estimates that 32 million people attend at least one U.S. music festival annually. Lollapalooza, SXSW, and Coachella are at the top in destinations. However, countless smaller local events dot the nation with equally enthusiastic music lovers.

Attendance can run from the thousands to the tens of thousands, sometimes leading to serious criminal allegations.

An annual tradition for music lovers

Every year, hundreds of musicians from all corners of the United States gather every September in Thornville, Ohio, for the Lost Lands Festival. The latest event was from September 22nd to the 24th. Music enthusiasts nationwide come together to enjoy a weekend of fun in the sun. However, the combination of good music and merriment can result in unexpected legal consequences.

However, the annual event is also famous for criminal activity, with law enforcement staking their territory in central and eastern Ohio, along with the West Virginia border. Countless attendees coming to or leaving from the event via Highway 70, 71, and 77 may encounter waiting police officers.

Many are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of not only alcohol, but also a variety of drugs that include MDMA, Molly, and an assortment of acid party drugs. Instead of enjoying a weekend of musical revelry, many languish in county jail cells.

Getting away from it all is one thing. When a long-awaited trip turns into serious criminal accusations, let alone being far from home, skilled representation from an experienced DUI attorney can provide much-needed protection of your rights.

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