This week marks the ninth annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee. It seems each year this festival keeps getting bigger and draws thousands of fans to the otherwise sleepy town of Manchester in Coffee County, Tennessee. The lineup this year includes acts such as Dave Matthews, Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, and many, many others. We certainly hope everyone who is planning on attending the show has a great time and is both safe and hassle free. Please note, law enforcement officers throughout the State of Tennessee will be out in full force as you make your way to the show in Manchester this weekend.
Be wary of law enforcement officers requesting to search your vehicles as you make your way to the show. They may bring out their K-9 units (drug sniffing dogs) to walk around your car as well. These dogs are typically trained to sniff out drugs such as marijuana (marihuana), cocaine, ecstasy, and methamphetamine. If a dog is called to sniff around your car, you need to pay attention to the particular actions of the dog. You also need to record the amount of time you are held by the officer before the dog is brought to the car as well.
Remember, always be polite when dealing with law enforcement, but be aware you always have the right to say NO when an officer asks if he can search your car. If you tell an officer no, and he searches your car anyway- you may have been the victim of an illegal search and seizure.
Also be aware, law enforcement officers may attempt to seize monies they feel are the proceeds of illegal drugs. This is technically considered a civil matter and it is imperative you take the necessary steps to protect your rights to recover any monies seized by police immediately! Our office handles these seizure cases on a daily basis and we have recovered seized property for our clients on a regular basis.
If you do happen to get into trouble either at Bonnaroo or on the way there or on the way home; please do not hesitate to contact our office at 615-428-0100. We have handled many Bonnaroo cases from small misdemeanors to large felony charges. We also represent individuals who have had their property and/or cash seized by law enforcement officers as well. Please remember- it is imperative that you hire a lawyer as soon as possible after you are cited, arrested or have property seized so that your legal rights may be protected.
Again our number is 615-428-0100 and hope everyone has another great Bonnaroo!