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Friday, April 26, 2013

Avoiding the Police at Foxfield Spring Races

This blog is sponsored by Tucker Griffin Barnes, Attorneys at Law.

AND THEY’RE OFF!

This weekend marks the 35th running of the Foxfield Spring Races at the historic steeplechase course located in Albemarle County. Next week is even more special, however, because it marks the 35th run of the Foxfield Spring Prosecutions in the Albemarle County General District Court.

I have my fixture card in hand, and I’m personally betting the Trifecta of:

WIN: Underage Possession of Alcohol
PLACE: Drunk in Public
SHOW: Fake ID

though it’s equally possible Indecent Exposure will make an appearance (those porta-potty lines can be long), as well as disorderly conduct.

THINGS TO REMEMBER AT THE RACES:

1. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. Every year there are students and adults who cruise into the open arms of the police on Old Garth Road after the event. Don’t be one of those people. Get a designated driver, or don’t drink! No kidding – Besides getting a criminal charge, and maybe going to jail and/or losing your license for a year — you could kill yourself, or someone else.

2. DON’T DO OTHER STUPID STUFF. Like cleverly smoking a joint out behind the porta potties, or giving the cops a fake name if they ask you for ID. C’mon, y’all – the cops have had lots of practice, and they’re much better at this game than you are. Have fun at the races, but don’t break the law.

3. IF YOU SCREW UP, SAY: “I WANT A LAWYER” AND NOT MUCH ELSE. Again – the cops have been arresting people at Foxfield for decades. You’re (hopefully) on your maiden hurdle. Who do you think will win the battle of wits here?

4. REMEMBER YOU DO NOT HAVE TO:
a. take any field sobriety tests.
b. blow in the hand-held breathalyzer at the scene.
c. tell the police how much you had to drink, or anything much besides your identifying information (name, address, date of birth, social security number, show them your license).

Ain’t the Bill of Rights grand?

Andre Hakes
Criminal Defense Attorney
Tucker Griffin Barnes
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