We’re just days away from Super Bowl LI in Houston, and football fans are gearing up for the big game. According to a stat that gets floated this time every year, Americans are expected to consume 325.5 million gallons of beer on Super Bowl Sunday – enough to fill 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. While we can’t vouch for that ginormous number, we do know that over-imbibing can lead to more than just a hangover on Monday morning. It can lead to bad decisions, rowdy behavior and an uncomfortable stay in a local jail cell. In an effort to keep you and your friends on the right side of the law, here’s six ways to stay out of jail on Super Bowl Sunday in Texas.
1. Have a game plan for getting home.
You’ve heard it many times before: If you plan to drink, don’t drive. Line up a designated driver, take an Uber, rent a hotel room. Texas roads are vast and police will be out in full force, looking for impaired drivers or for any reason to stop you – like having a taillight out. If you are stopped on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, it’s important to know your rights, including your right to remain silent and your right to refuse sobriety tests and searches.
2. Avoid confrontations, especially with opposing fans.
Football fans are passionate about their teams, especially when alcohol is flowing freely. What may start out as friendly bantering at a bar or party can quickly escalate and lead to super-sized brawl. In Texas, if you hurt another person, even slightly, you could be charged with assault bodily injury and face up to a year in jail. If you display a weapon or severely injury a victim, you could be charged with aggravated assault and face up to life in prison. Make the right call and resist the urge to talk trash or get involved.
3. Be careful with those bets.
For people who like to bet, there’s nothing quite like wagering on the Super Bowl. However, be wary of gambling in Texas. Should you choose to roll the dice and gamble, you could be looking at stiff penalties, including prison, fines, and asset forfeiture.
4. Don’t disturb the peace with rude or crude behavior.
In Texas, disorderly conduct is a common charge that covers a broad range of unruly behavior. It includes everything from using vulgar language in a public place to peeking into someone’s hotel room. It also covers recklessly exposing your anus or genitals – so think twice about mooning someone or streaking.
5. Put away the pot.
Marijuana is legal in a growing number of states, but Texas is not one of them. In Texas, it is illegal even to possess a usable amount of marijuana, which could result in jail time. It’s important to point out that individuals who receive a jail sentence for possession of marijuana in Texas will automatically have their driver’s license suspended.
6. Pretty prostitutes may be police.
Don’t forget the old adage, “pretty prostitutes are police.” It is no secret that the Super Bowl attracts escorts from all across the country to the same venue as well-heeled ticket holders. Since the world’s oldest profession will have a number of representatives in town for the Super Bowl, law enforcement will also be out in full force. Expect law enforcement to be doing everything from posing as street walkers to listing ads.
To be sure, police will be out in full force over Super Bowl weekend, looking for impaired drivers and responding to calls of unruly fans or out-of-control partiers. If you or a loved one find yourself in handcuffs, contact a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible.