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A & T alumni can have fun while avoiding trouble at homecoming

North Carolina A & T State Homecoming is always a big extravaganza. Old friends converge on Greensboro to hobnob and play catch up. Lots of partying goes on, of course.

However, all is not fun at Homecoming. Quite often people get into bad situations. They may drink a bit too much alcohol and have an auto accident. They may get into a heated argument and begin fighting.

Too many A&T State alumni come to town on a short vacation and leave on probation, or worse.

Always remember that given the large number of people at the A & T homecoming festivities, the police will be, understandably, extra vigilant about law enforcement. Consequently, the odds of you getting arrested on criminal charges rises exponentially.

Be sure to enjoy North Carolina A & T State Homecoming to the fullest by avoiding the following situations.

Drunk driving

If you are planning to down a few beers or glasses of wine with the old college crew, then be careful not to drive afterwards.

As you are probably aware, the state is very serious about keeping drunk drivers off the roads. You can expect there to be roadblocks in the vicinity of Homecoming activities.

Punishments for DUI/DWI offenses are severe. North Carolina has five levels of misdemeanor DUI categories, with punishments ranging from a $200 fine and a night in jail to a $4,000 fine and two years confinement.

Repeat offenders face a felony charge and a mandatory jail sentence of over a year. And, when they say mandatory, they mean it. Judges cannot suspend the sentence or place you in an alternative treatment program.

Public intoxication

If you are visibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs at Homecoming and posing a potential threat to the public, the police may make an arrest. Cursing, talking extremely loud and ignoring official orders can lead to charges. This disorderly conduct charge may mean a misdemeanor conviction and a criminal record.

Assault

Old rivalries, mixed with alcohol and pride, often result in fights. You will definitely want to avoid any potential confrontations during Homecoming.

School officials and local authorities are rightfully afraid of large melees that will cause bad press. They will contact the police quickly to have brawlers arrested and expelled from campus events.

A North Carolina assault conviction might mean a permanent criminal record that will then go on to hamper your professional career. Assaults usually wind up being misdemeanors with the perpetrators receiving probation and a sentence of up to 30 days in jail. However, those with prior histories of assault, or similar crimes, can spend 60 days incarcerated and pay up to $1,000 in fines.

Drug possession

Using illegal drugs can be a big mistake during Homecoming events. Never let old friends make you believe the state is accepting of marijuana or other commonly used drugs. If you get caught with either the actual substance or even associated paraphernalia, the police will likely charge you with misdemeanor possession.

The court will decide the sentence based upon the amount of the drug found. Possible penalties include probation, jail time and fines. The worst consequence for you is a criminal record that will pop up during searches by potential employers and social service agencies.

Enjoy Aggie Homecoming in full

Do not let an avoidable arrest spoil your Homecoming celebration. Instead, show your Aggie pride in full and leave with your good reputation.

If you find yourself in trouble, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Having experienced legal counsel makes it significantly more likely that your criminal charges will be resolved in a manner that is most favorable to your interests.

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