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legal disclaimerEvery year we represent numerous young people arrested at Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Usually the charges are based upon alleged drug possession or DUI. Because most of the arrested persons are not from the Coastal Alabama area, the ordeal can become an especially difficult and stressful ordeal, for them and their families. However, because most of those arrested are young, and have not been in trouble with the law before, local authorities have instituted certain programs for Pre-Trial Intervention, or deferred prosecution. It is important to have legal representation that can quickly divert these cases from the general criminal dockets, and take advantage of these special programs. If you, or a family member is arrested under these circumstances, please call us 24/7 for a free legal consultation.



Arrests made during Hangout Music Festival 2022

During the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores a total of 133 arrests were made. This was in conjunction with the Gulf Shores Police Department and Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. 78% of those arrests made were drug related.

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Welcome to beautiful Baldwin County, Alabama, a true paradise on Earth. However, me being an old hippie, there are certain things you need to know. One reason that this area is so cool is that there is very little crime. The reason for that is that law enforcement is very severe. City cops (blue cars, Bay Minette, Loxley, Robertsdale, Summerdale, Foley, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores), Sheriff’s deputy’s (brown cars) and State Troopers (Grey cars) are waiting bust you for alcohol and drug related offenses. They will target out of state vehicles, especially if you have long hair, piercings, tattoos, Phish bumper stickers, any sign of psychedelia about you. Well, you get the idea. You probably don’t hunt, but the analogy would be that they spread grain in a field, wait for the birds to come in, then shoot them. They won’t shoot you, but they will arrest you. I know the Sheriff, and most local cops. They are not bad people, but they are not hippies, and they will not let you go, if you are caught for drugs or alcohol. Be Smart. Be careful. They will also have shaggy looking guys in the crowd waiting to share a joint with you, or get a tab of X or Lortab. Most of them are undercover cops. Have fun, but cut out the below business card and put it in your wallet or purse. I answer my phone 24/7. Call me if you are caught up in a Gulf Shores Hang-Out Dragnet.


Right to Bail and Pre-trial Release Procedures:
The most critical difference between Federal and State Court when it comes to bond, is that the procedure is very different than that in State Court. Many persons charged in Federal Court have been arrested before by State authorities. In most states, including Alabama, there is a Constitutional right to reasonable bail, based upon the charge and other factors, except in Capital Cases.

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AL.com: Hangout director dishes on what it's like to dream up your own music festival

The story of Hangout starts with founders Lilly and Shaul Zislin, who expanded the festival out from their Hangout restaurant in Gulf Shores. The couple has had O'Connell pushing buttons from behind the curtain since the event's inception. In 2013, he left a festival consulting company he started to dig into Hangout full-time.

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Spring Break 2017 will bring a new wave of arrests of young partiers in L.A. (Lower Alabama)

In 2016, crackdowns on Spring Break partying, by young people, in the Florida Panhandle, led to many choosing to flock to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, in Baldwin County, Alabama, near the port city of Mobile. This year, local law enforcement officials have issued official warnings, in the local press, that young people engaging in underage drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and general rowdiness, will face a zero tolerance policy. The area has long attempted to cultivate a “family friendly” atmosphere, and the local climate is no longer favorable for young people who come to the beautiful local beaches to cut loose.

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