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Could going out to a club result in criminal charges?

Many people in Florida like going out on the town. You may consider yourself someone who enjoys getting a group of friends together and heading to a bar for some drinks or even for an evening at a club. While these outings can certainly be all about having fun, too much fun could potentially land you in serious trouble.

Clubbing can involve a mixture of many activities. You may get drinks, dance, meet new people and generally socialize. However, clubs can become crowded, and sometimes, questionable activity could go on at these establishments. As a result, you would likely benefit from staying on your guard while trying to have a good time.

Possible risks

Because you have an adventurous side, you may not feel like you have too much to worry about. Of course, getting in the wrong situation at the wrong time could possibly lead to you suffering harm or even possibly facing criminal charges. Some risks you could face while out clubbing include the following:

  • Spiked drinks: It is an unfortunate reality that there are some unscrupulous people in the world. If you take your eyes off your drink or allow someone else to get you a drink, you could run the risk of having your drink spiked with a dangerous substance.
  • Needing a ride: If you intend to consume alcohol, have a plan and a back-up plan for getting home safely. You may go out with friends and have a designated driver, but if you get separated somehow, having an alternative option is wise.
  • Dangerous situations: Typically, people can sense when a situation could be dangerous. If you feel uncomfortable with someone or in a particular situation, do your best to get out of the situation safely.
  • Drugs: Some people may try to sell you or give you controlled substances at a club. However, these substances could be laced with unknown ingredients that could have adverse effects that you did not expect.

While you want to have a good time while out, you also need to remember that your safety and well-being is more important than a good time.

Criminal charges

In some cases, if you feel that you are in a dangerous situation, you may need to get away from the location as quickly as possible. As a result, you may feel the need to drive even though you have consumed alcohol, or you may get behind the wheel while impaired without knowing it because someone spiked your drink. Still, an officer could stop your vehicle and charge you with DUI or possibly drug charges.

If this happens, you may have several defense options available to you, especially if you were in danger and driving was your only option. In order to understand your legal options and how to build a meaningful defense, you may want to enlist the help of a knowledgeable attorney.

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