You love riding, so you’ve made a habit of attending rallies around the U.S. One of the best events for motorcyclists is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which brings in thousands of riders to the city. This year, it’s between August 7 and 16, giving riders just over a week to enjoy being with others who have similar hobbies and interests.
These types of rallies can be a lot of fun to attend, but there is always going to be a risk of an arrest if you’re not cautious. Since drinking is prominent at local bars, many vehicles are left out in the open. People are often riding around together, so something is bound to go wrong for at least one or two people.
What are some common issues at the motorcycle rally?
Three common issues include:
- Drunk driving
You could be accused of any of these things if you’re not cautious, which could lead to criminal charges.
For example, if you get into a crash in Sturgis, you could be cited for improper lane changes, following too closely or other violations. If you were speeding at the time or were driving recklessly, there is a potential for harsher penalties and more significant charges.
Another thing that could land you with criminal charges is driving while under the influence. Whether you’re using drugs like marijuana or opioids, drinking alcohol, or using some other substance, driving while impaired could lead to misdemeanor or felony charges. That’s one reason it’s better to stay in a hotel in the middle of all the action. You’ll be able to see the people you care about while avoiding having to drive.
Finally, theft could be another issue during the rally. All of these motorcycles are out and on display. Some people aren’t cautious enough. They may leave their keys in their motorcycles or have tail bags filled with things they need out in the open. These actions can easily lead to opportunistic individuals taking advantage of the rally in order to steal from others.
The hope is that you won’t have to be a victim of any of these unfortunate situations and that you won’t be accused of any illegal acts, either. Still, it is possible that you could be accused of theft, intoxicated driving or other issues, even if you weren’t the one who was involved. If you are, then remember that you have a right to defend yourself and fight the charges filed against you.