Attention Parents: 7 Things to Discuss Before Sending Your Kid to Beach Week (sponsored)

Sponsored article courtesy of Paul Chung, Shareholder at Shulman Rogers:
A Message for Parents:
As Beach Week approaches, we would like to call your attention to some legal pitfalls that your children may encounter during this exciting time. It is VERY important to educate them about the potential consequences of certain actions to ensure they make informed decisions and steer clear of legal trouble. Please take a moment to review the following points with your children:

1. Underage Drinking: It’s essential to remind your children that the legal drinking age is strictly enforced, and consuming alcohol underage can have severe legal repercussions. Emphasize the importance of making responsible choices and avoiding any situations involving alcohol if they are underage.
2. Drug Possession and Use: Engaging in illegal drug possession or use can lead to serious legal consequences. Educate your children about the dangers of drug use and the potential harm it can cause to their health and future. Encourage them to make wise choices by staying away from illegal substances.
3. Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct: Reckless behavior, such as public intoxication or disorderly conduct, can result in legal trouble. Remind your children to act responsibly, respect others and avoid engaging in any behavior that may disturb public peace or attract law enforcement attention.
4. Vandalism and Destruction of Property: Urge your children to respect public and private property during Beach Week. Any acts of vandalism or destruction can lead to criminal charges and significant legal consequences and expenses. Encourage them to treat the surroundings with care and report any instances of property damage to the appropriate authorities.
5. Fake IDs and Identity Theft: Using fake identification cards to obtain alcohol or gain entry to restricted areas is illegal. Advise your children against using fake IDs as they could face severe penalties if caught. Additionally, caution them about the risks of identity theft and the importance of safeguarding personal information.
6. Harassment and Assault: It is crucial to discuss the significance of treating others with respect and maintaining appropriate boundaries. Remind your children that any form of harassment or assault, including verbal, physical or sexual misconduct, is unlawful and can result in serious legal repercussions. Encourage them to report any incidents or concerns immediately.
7. Driving Under the Influence: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only illegal but also extremely dangerous. Educate your children about the severe consequences of impaired driving, including accidents, injuries and loss of life. Encourage them to designate a sober driver or use alternative means of transportation if they have been drinking or using drugs.

By discussing these legal considerations with your children, you can help them make responsible decisions and avoid potential legal pitfalls during Beach Week.
If you have any questions or need further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Warm regards,
Paul Chung, Shareholder at Shulman Rogers [email protected] or 301-230-5230

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