Every June, thousands of individuals from around the country descend upon a farm in Manchester, Tennessee for the famous four-day music and arts festival, Bonnaroo. And every year hundreds of arrests are made in connection to the festival-goers, primarily as a result of vehicle searches on the way into or out of Bonnaroo.
Many of the arrests in connection with Bonnaroo involve out-of-state residents. If you are planning on traveling to Middle Tennessee from out of state you need to understand that when Bonnaroo rolls around, Tennessee law enforcement is extremely strict in enforcing legal infractions (even minor traffic violations) and may even target vehicles driven by Bonnaroo-goers.
Law enforcement is not only strict in Manchester, but also in surrounding counties and communities, such as Rutherford County and the Murfreesboro area. Law enforcement, from state troopers to drug task agents and sheriff’s department officers, are well aware of the drug activity that surrounds the Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival and are on high alert before, during, and after the festival.
Currently, marijuana is still illegal under Tennessee state law. Even if you are traveling from a state that has legalized marijuana, you could still be arrested and charged with drug possession in Tennessee. If you have more than half an ounce of marijuana, under Tennessee law, you could be charged with a felony. In addition, even small amounts of other drugs (for example, mushrooms) are listed as felonies under Tennessee drug laws.
Due to the fact that Tennessee law enforcement is on high alert for those individuals who may be in possession of drugs, it is important when you travel to Manchester for Bonnaroo that you obey the traffic laws and do not give the police a reason to pull you over.
If you receive a ticket or get arrested during the Bonnaroo season, do not ignore it or it can turn into a big problem. Do not let your Bonnaroo trip become a nightmare that can negatively affect your future. If you are facing criminal charges relating to drug possession, reckless driving, DUI/DWI or other criminal charges from Bonnaroo, it is important to consult with a Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer who knows the local courts.
It may seem easier to just plead guilty or give up; however, Attorney David Clarke is a skilled criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate your Bonnaroo mishap and who will fight for the best possible outcome in your situation.