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Common reasons for spring break arrests: Guidance for parents

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Uncategorized

During spring break season, young people are often prone to engaging in activities that may lead to trouble with the law. As such, parents should be aware of these common risks and have open and honest conversations with their teens and college-age children about responsible behavior and the potential consequences of their actions during spring break.

Understanding the common causes of spring break arrests and the possible ramifications on young people can help parents educate their children about making smart choices and staying safe during this time.

Underage drinking

If arrested for underage drinking, a young person may face a Minor in Possession (MIP) charge. This poses significant danger to their future prospects, as it could lead to loss of eligibility for scholarships, ROTC program, Federal Student Aid funding among others. Parents should emphasize the importance of abstaining from alcohol if underage and encourage their children to resist peer pressure to drink.

Drug possession

Spring break destinations often see an increase in drug-related arrests. Parents should talk to their children about the dangers of illegal substances and the severe legal consequences of drug possession charges. Emphasize the importance of avoiding drugs altogether and seeking help if they or their friends are in situations involving drugs.

Disorderly conduct

In the party atmosphere of spring break, young people may engage in behavior deemed disorderly by law enforcement. This can include public intoxication, fighting or disturbing the peace. Parents should stress the importance of maintaining self-control, respecting others and avoiding situations that could lead to altercations or confrontations with authorities.

Sexual assault or misconduct

Unfortunately, spring break can also be associated with an increased risk of sexual assault or misconduct. Parents should have frank discussions with their children about consent, boundaries and bystander intervention. They should also encourage their children to trust their instincts, avoid situations where they feel unsafe and seek help if they or someone they know is in danger.

If you are a parent to a young adult who is preparing for spring break, it’s important to have open, non-judgmental conversations about responsible behavior, potential risks and the importance of making safe choices. In the event that spring break has already started and your child is in trouble, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.