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How to tell your mom and dad you got arrested on spring break

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Juvenile Crimes |

A lot of young people head to Florida for a little “fun in the sun” when they’re on spring break. A few days and nights of overindulgence on alcohol has become almost a rite of passage for many college students.

However, there are limits on just how good of a time you can have, and Florida can and will enforce its drinking laws. If you’re under 21 years of age, you can face criminal charges for being a minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol if you’re caught so much as holding a beer for a friend. While that’s a scary situation, it may not be as terrifying as having to tell your folks what’s happened. 

Don’t try to hide it – you need their help

If you’re thinking about trying to keep the whole thing a secret, think again. You will only compound your problems. Many universities have their own internal disciplinary policies when students are charged with crimes, so you could be facing an additional battle on that front. It’s far wiser to involve your parents before the situation escalates.

Here are some tips:

  • If you are calling from jail, watch what you say. Your phone calls are subject to monitoring and recording, so you do not want to discuss your case beyond explaining your charges. Tell your parents you’ll answer all their questions later, in private.
  • Acknowledge their feelings. Let your parents know that you understand they’re upset, but ask them to hold their emotions in check until you handle the pressing practical concerns.
  • Ask for their help. You may need bail money, transportation or help finding the appropriate legal assistance. Your parents may be your most valuable resource.

People make mistakes all the time, but you don’t want to let your fear of your parents’ reaction to your situation compound your problems.