Every year Florence, AZ is host to Country Thunder, the biggest outdoor country music festival in the state. The festival is sure to draw in thousands of fans young and old. With temperatures this weekend forecasted in the 90’s, you will want to be sure to have plenty of water, hats, and sunscreen! Above all, have a great time and be safe.
According to local news outlets, there will be an increased presence of Sheriff’s Deputies, undercover officers and security to ensure the safety and security of everyone attending the festival. Keep in mind, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), the AZ Dept. of Liquor License/Control, and the Florence Police Department in years past have issued hundreds of citations over the course of the 4-day weekend, particularly involving underage drinking related violations, including Minor in Consumption and Minor in Possession, as well as using fake ID’s to buy alcohol and furnishing alcohol to a minor. We have also seen numerous DUI/DWI cases occur as attendees leave the festival.
If you were arrested by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Florence Police Department, AZ Dept. of Liquor License/Control, or any other agency during Country Thunder weekend, contact the Firm to arrange a free evaluation regarding your case. We have handled countless Country Thunder citations over the years and are familiar with the local courts as well as the typical violations we see coming out of this festival each year. Depending on the agency you were arrested by, your case will likely be cited into either the Florence-Coolidge Justice Court located at 400 South Central Avenue in Florence, AZ or at the Florence Municipal Court located at 775 North Main Street in Florence.
Because the consequences of underage drinking violations and DUI offenses can be significant and leave a permanent mark on your criminal record, it is crucial to seek the advice of an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to determine your legal options before you make any decisions regarding your case. Penalties associated with Underage Drinking and Underage DUI related violations can include, jail time, community work service, alcohol classes, license suspension, court fees and fines, and even possible suspension or expulsion from school and/or athletic teams and clubs. Some of the legal issues a defense attorney may explore include, determining whether you actually violated any city or state law; whether the arresting agency followed the law; whether or not your conduct actually constitutes a criminal violation and whether you have any other legal, factual or procedural defense(s) in your case.
The Firm has handled countless cases involving underage drinking, minor in possession, minor in consumption, furnishing alcohol to a minor, public intoxication, fake ID, as well as DUI/DWI cases and other alcohol related violations. Mr. Buckallew is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney and has a reputation for zealously representing each client and has a proven track record of success. With a statewide practice, the Firm handles cases in Florence – Pinal County, Maricopa County and throughout the State of Arizona. Contact the Firm today for a free evaluation of your case.
**This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact the Firm to schedule a consultation regarding your case.