Local attorney, Spring Breakers need to know their legal rights

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 9:46am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 10:13am

It's round two of Spring Break on the island, while the turnout won't be as big as last week, law enforcement is still expecting several thousand college students, many of them underage. Na'Tassia Finley spoke to a local attorney who says college students need to know their rights.

Sun, sand and booze! Week two of Spring Break continues on South Padre Island and a criminal defense attorney on the island is warning not only spring breakers, but really anyone who finds themself in trouble with the law, to know the law.

Janet Stockard, Criminal Defense Attorney, "First people need to be aware of their Miranda rights and that means, all you have to do when the officers approaches you is you have to identify yourself, have to give him your name, address and date of birth."

She says last week lines were wrapped from the Municipal courtroom out of the building, many of the spring breakers arrested faced Class C misdemeanors for underage drinking, she fears too many kids are speaking up too quick, "You don't have to answer any questions, people don't realizes with their Miranda rights, they have a right to remain silent, it's a fifth amendment constitutional right, they have a right against self incrimination."

She says first and foremost, students under the age of 21 don't need to consume alcohol at all, "What's really important for these kids to know, they're not thinking about it right now, but later or when they want to get a job, then they have to answer the question, have you ever been arrested or charged with any offense?, and they're going to say yes. So it's really important to find out what their rights are and what the law is."

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