Update 6/14/16: Bonnaroo is over for this year, but there will be court appearances as a result of arrested and criminal citations for the next couple of months.
The final tally on the farm was 277 criminal citations and 37 arrests by the Coffee County Sheriff’s department. Other law enforcement departments such as the Manchester Police Department, the Tullahoma PD and the Tennessee Highway Patrol also made arrests. While police citations started at a record pace, it doesn’t look like it was a record year overall. Most of the citations were for drug possession for Molly, Ecstasy, and LSD.
There was one major arrest on the grounds by alleged serious dealers that were said to be in possession of:
“… 202 jars of THC oil, weighing about 15 milliliters; two bags of mushrooms, weighing about 7 grams each; three bags with about 60 panes of blotter acid; 241 bags of about 120.5 grams of what is believed to be Ketamine; 22 bags of a white powdery substance weighing about 144.5 grams of what is believed to be cocaine; six Xanax bars; and 220 bags weighing about 1,210 grams of a green plantlike material believed to be marijuana.”
The other individual “was found to be in possession of six bottles containing 15 milliliters of THC oil; 10 bags of a green plantlike material weighing about 20 grams believed to be marijuana; two grams of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine; four Molly capsules; 14 bags of a crystal substance weighing about 14 grams of a substance believed to be Molly; and 13 bags of a powdery substance weighing about 13 grams believed to be Ketamine.”
Please give me a call I’ll fill you in on what you need to do and how we can work to avoid the serious consequences of a permanent criminal charge on your record.
The consultation is free.
Michael Shipman, Attorney at Law, Nashville, TN.
Bonnaroo 2016 is from June 9 through Sunday, June 12th. It is the music festival’s 15th anniversary here in middle Tennessee.
Every year there are reports of police aggressively patrolling campers on site, and traveling in and out of the farm. We get calls on a wide range of drug charge citations, DUI arrests, and other offenses.
As of last year, the DA’s office in Coffee County is requiring a mandatory court appearance for all criminal citations written. You can’t just pay a fine and forget about it. You will need to return for a court appearance with an attorney. In 2015, hundreds of citations were written by law enforcement, including the Tennessee State Police, sheriff’s deputies, and the Manchester Police department.
If you were arrested or given a criminal citation by the police, don’t panic. We can help. Very often we can work it out so you avoid a criminal record. Call us now at (888) 622-4510.
I Got a Ticket for Drug Possession (or other charges). Is that Serious?
For minor charges, we can often take care of them without a big penalty, but you can’t ignore it, or it absolutely can turn into a huge problem. Especially with the recent procedure changes by the Coffee County district attorneys.
What if I can’t absolutely can’t make it to the court date?
We can cover the first court date for you, but you will have to appear at the second date. We can talk about options to make this more flexible.
Do Cops Target Bonnaroo Concertgoers?
Sometimes, yes. Especially the local cops on back roads in and out of the farm. If your car is decked out with decorations making it obvious that you are headed to the festival, you can make yourself a target.
If you have out of state plates, Bonnaroo signs, and a marijuana leaf logo on your car, the police will come up with any possible excuse to pull you over.
- Don’t speed, and obey all traffic laws.
- Make sure your vehicle is in compliance with all safety regulations, inspection stickers, working tail lights, not too much tint on the windows, whatever it takes to not give them any reason to stop you on the road.
While on on-site at the festival, there are lots of police too, of course. There will be undercover cops in plain clothes looking for drug sales and making arrests, as well as writing citations.
How We Can Help You Fix This:
Our goal for minor misdemeanor citation charges is to 1) avoid a criminal conviction on your record, and 2) get your problem solved in one day.
If you are concerned about your future, avoiding the negative impact of a criminal record can be of primary importance. And if you traveled to Bonnaroo from out of state and got in trouble with the law, coming back to middle Tennessee for a court appearance can be a real hassle.
We can talk about how to minimize both these problems in a quick legal consultation over the phone.
Is Bonnaroo a Big Deal?
It is a huge local event, yes. We are privileged to have one of the premier music festivals in the country right here in Tennessee. Bonnaroo is truly a world-renowned 4-day music and arts festival in rural Manchester, attracting over 100,000 fans.
Bonnaroo will attract thousands of people to the area, ready to relax, enjoy some music, and have a good time. But the music festival and surrounding area will also attract a lot of extra law enforcement. And though there won’t be as many cops as festival-goers, you can bet they’ll be out en masse, looking for reasons to break up the party. [Read more…]