Between the favorable winter weather, the unique attractions and the variety of available activities, it is easy to see why Florida is such a popular tourist destination. Your vacation is a time when you can let loose and have some fun. However, it is all too easy to become carried away and wind up in trouble with the local law enforcement.

Facing criminal charges following an arrest can be confusing and scary even in your hometown. It can be even more bewildering when you are on vacation in an unfamiliar place. If you get in trouble on your Florida vacation, here are some important things to know.

  1. An warrant is not always necessary for an arrest

Certain misdemeanor offenses, such as drug possession or shoplifting, do not require a law enforcement officer to obtain a warrant prior to an arrest. Authorities also do not need a warrant if a misdemeanor takes place in their presence.

  1. The consequences can follow you

You cannot escape the charges by simply returning home. Authorities are not willing to forgive and forget. Instead, they will be looking to hold you responsible. They are likely to exercise the fullest extent of the law to locate you.

  1. Youth may be more vulnerable

College students and adolescents vacationing with family or school groups may succumb to the temptation to engage in activities they would do better to leave alone, especially if they face pressure from peers. It is not always possible for parents to curb their children’s impulses, especially if the young people are traveling or studying independently.

  1. A relatively minor offense can result in long-term effects

Ignoring the charges does not make them go away. Rather, the time and distance can make the legal consequences more severe. For example, you may face limited ability to travel in the future because of an outstanding criminal charge in another state. These and other serious legal consequences can affect you for many years to come. It is better to be proactive in resolving the charges.