The approaching spring and summer months will bring opportunities for people to go out and enjoy such activities as festivals and music shows. These gatherings often boast a party-like atmosphere. But when partaking in such festivities, it is important to remember that you are often in a public venue and the authorities may be carefully monitoring your behavior.

Recently, it was reported that troopers discovered several individuals in possession of illegal drugs at the Mysteryland Music Festival in New York. They are now facing felony drug charges after allegedly being caught with cocaine among other substances.

State police had set up checkpoints at which other drugs, including marijuana, MDMA, Ecstasy and ketamine were confiscated. The police had issued a statement making it clear that they would be on the premises to carry out enforcement policies. The festival’s organizers also posted information on their website telling attendees that possessing, using and selling drugs at the festival was forbidden.

Anyone can make a mistake while in pursuit of a fun time. But that lapse in judgment can have serious consequences. Penalties for drug convictions can include fines and prison sentences.

Therefore, if you are arrested on drug charges, you may wish to contact a New Jersey criminal defense attorney for assistance. The attorney could look over the report of your arrest. If it can be shown that your rights were violated during the search and seizure process, you may be able to have the case dismissed. If it appears that you will be facing a penalty, the attorney can advise you on the course of action that may provide your best possible outcome.

Source: The Post-Standard, “Mysteryland Music Festival: NY troopers make arrests, confiscate drugs,” William LaRue, May 24, 2015