The extremely popular music and art festival, Voodoo Fest, returns this year to City Park and is expected to be even bigger than last year’s celebration. If you are arrested or caught bringing prohibited items into the park, then you should follow the instructions given by law enforcement and security, retain your right to silence, and be prepared to raise a possible criminal defense for the infraction.
Security And Gate Checks
Security is going to be really dense around all entrance areas. I’ve spoken to numerous law enforcement officers, deputies, and security personnel who have worked numerous festivals in the area, and their #1 goal is to keep certain things out of the park—illegal drugs and outside alcohol are at the top of the list.
In Louisiana, you can be cited for a criminal offense and not actually be arrested. The citation will include an appearance date, and you must appear in front of a local magistrate, typically within one week. The downside to this, especially if you’re a visitor, is that you will have to stay in town and appear in court. However, in New Orleans a criminal defense attorney can make that appearance for you. Many tourists opt for this, as it allows an attorney to appear in their absence.
Some minor offenses that only require an attorney’s appearance include public intoxication, simple battery or assault, and marijuana possession.
Felony & More Serious Crimes
The more serious crimes, such as cocaine possession and felony charges, will result in arrest, and you will have to post bail. Your court date will be set anywhere between three weeks and a month after your arrest. In this case, you will definitely want to contact a criminal defense attorney.
Again, watch yourself, and watch what you bring into Voodoo Fest. Watch your back; watch out for your friends, and try not to be a target for public intoxication.
Enjoy the festival!