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By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

June 2, 2022

Everyone has a different picture of the ideal vacation. Some people travel to relax on the beach, while others seek out more activity, adventure, and nightlife. Realistically, all types of vacations can result in legal trouble. Let’s go over some of the most common criminal charges people face while on vacation, and what you should do if you’re charged with a crime while visiting Florida this year.

Criminal Charges While On Vacation

While technically any crimes may be committed while on vacation, there are some that are more common than others.


While on vacation, many people take up heavier drinking habits than they would at any other time at home. Unfortunately, some people also throw caution to the wind while drinking on vacation. Vacation serves as an escape from daily life, but some visiting drivers are faced with the harsh reality that you can’t escape the law. DUI is a common charge for vacationers.

If you’re going to be drinking on vacation, make sure you know whether or not you must drive later so you can accurately pace your drinks and stop drinking when necessary.

Traffic Violations

Driving in a new area is stressful, as you must try to follow the GPS, look out for road signs, and be mindful of other cars and pedestrians. This can lead some drivers to violate the rules of the road and get ticketed. While a traffic violation is not a serious offense, it can still be pricey and affect your license.

Drug Possession

Just as many people engage in binge drinking on vacation, others turn to illicit substances during their stay in Florida.

This could be:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • Psychedelic mushrooms

It’s important to note that Florida has not legalized marijuana for recreational use. Bringing any of these drugs across state lines not only puts you at risk of possession charges but you could also be charged with drug trafficking. Before putting any drugs in your suitcase or car, know the criminal risk.

Assault and Violent Crimes

Heat exhaustion, alcohol, and long days of activity can all trigger someone to act out violently. These factors are all present on many vacations, especially here in Daytona Beach. If you know that alcohol tends to make you more aggressive, consider this before having too much to drink and entering a crowded place. If you feel a situation making you angry, do your best to leave and de-escalate the situation. Remaining in the high-stress area can lead to an altercation, which could then lead to violence and an arrest.

Sex Crimes

Some sex crimes that may occur on vacation include:

  • Sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Prostitution
  • Solicitation of prostitution
  • Indecent exposure
  • Statutory rape

When you’re facing sex crime charges, you’re not only facing criminal penalties, but also the risk of being on the sex offender registry for life.

Charged With A Crime While Visiting Florida

In many ways, an out-of-state criminal case is just like a criminal case in your home state. However, there are a few key differences that can be inconvenient for travelers. After your arrest, you will be required to attend an arraignment. This will be set shortly after your arrest. During this time, it’s crucial that you contact a local defense attorney.

After the arraignment, you may be able to return to your home state. This is something that is important to clarify to make sure you are not violating bail terms, or otherwise breaking the law by leaving the jurisdiction.

If you are able to return home, there is a chance that your defense attorney can attend hearings on your behalf so you do not have to continue traveling back and forth. Ideally, the defense attorney will be successful at getting your case dismissed.

Facing Out-of-State Charges After Visiting Florida?

Our defense attorneys at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. have helped many individuals facing charges after a vacation gone wrong, and been able to represent them so they do not have to return to the state. Contact our experienced team today so we can help you through the process of fighting out-of-state charges.