As an event that is known to take over the city of Tampa, the annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival resulted in the gathering of thousands of people for a day of celebration, activities and fun. The Tampa police however were noted for their extensive security measures that were taken in order to provide a safe environment for the people. Having already had a powerful security system installed for a convention months prior, the police decided to utilize the security for the Festival this past weekend. The Tampa Police were seeking to do what was necessary to provide a safe environment for the community to enjoy, keeping a look out for crime, public drinking, etc.
As a result of the weekend festivities, there were a reported 68 adults arrested at the festival this year. Out of the police record totals there were 30 cases of underage drinking, 60 of the people were charged with
misdemeanors for things like
petty theft, disorderly conduct,
possession of marijuana. One adult was charged with giving an alcoholic beverage to a minor, as well. Police did mention, however, that the arrests for underage drinking was significantly lower this year than it has been in the past.
If you or someone you know are one of these 68 individuals who have been accused of crimes at the festival over the past weekend, please consider contacting Thomas & Paulk, P.A. today for an experienced and dedicated Tampa criminal defense attorney who can fight for you! Even though many of these events charges were misdemeanors crimes, if you are convicted it could result in fines, and various other consequences. Don't take the chance and risk your future. Do not wait another moment to take legal action and challenge the charges placed against you. Contact us today for more information!