Know Your Rights: When Partying Goes Wrong

Courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee from freedigitalphotos.com
Courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee from freedigitalphotos.com

 

It’s no secret college partying can result in legal trouble.

This past welcome weekend at CMU, nearly 200 people were cited or arrested. Most of the crimes were for open intoxicants and underage drinking.

While welcome weekend has become notorious, football games also have the reputation for being big party weekends too.

The ACLU of the University of the Michigan created the “House Party Handbook” that clearly lays out students’ rights and responsibilities when it comes to college partying.

The full version is available online. Below are some of the highlights.

  • You are not required to let the police enter your house unless there is a search or arrest warrant, or an emergency.
  • Legally, you’re not required to show ID unless you are being arrested, ticketed or driving. However, ACLU suggests you show your ID if you have it.
  • You are not required to say anything or answer the cops’ questions.
  • You can get an MIP (minor in possession) for admitting to drinking, carrying an open or unopened container of alcohol, or blowing a .02 on a breathalyzer.

What happens if you get in trouble? Try contacting the SGA Pro-Bono legal clinic. For free, an attorney will take 30 minutes and explain different courses of actions.

Arielle Hines is the editor of CMU Insider. You can contact her at hines1as@cmich.edu. 

This is not intended to serve as official legal advice. Please contact an attorney if you need legal assistance. 


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