Arrested for illegal fireworks in Florida? I can help

Many out-of-state tourists are spending this Fourth of July weekend on vacation in Daytona Beach. The state of Florida thrives on the tourism industry, so it's important that visitors to the Sunshine State understand that the laws here may be different from those in their home states.

That's especially true when it comes to the Fourth of July and fireworks. Even some Florida residents may not be aware that unless you have a permit, setting off fireworks that are not sparklers is against the law.

What makes this so confusing is that the state allows fireworks to be bought and sold by consumers, and even detonated without permits for certain specific agricultural purposes. But the guiding principle is that if the firework explodes while off of the ground, it's considered illegal.

Getting caught setting off fireworks in Florida can result in a conviction of a first degree misdemeanor. That may not seem like that big of a deal, especially when you see people setting off their own displays down on the beach. But keep in mind that what starts out as a misdemeanor arrest or even a warning or citation can turn into something far worse, especially if alcohol is involved.

Did you walk down to the beach with a few cold bottles of brews with your fireworks? Glass on the beach is strictly prohibited, as are alcoholic beverages. That's three violations you racked up right there. Let's hope you left the baggie full of marijuana back at the hotel.

No? Well, that's probably going to earn you a ride with the Volusia County Sheriff's deputies and perhaps a night spent somewhere far less accommodating than your hotel room.

You can see that it really is quite easy to wind up on the wrong side of the law while on vacation. If legal complications develop while you are vacationing in Daytona Beach this summer, rest assured that I can help you fight the charges and let you get on with your life.

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