The week after a holiday weekend can become busy for a criminal lawyer in Lubbock, TX. There are often more DUI cases, assaults and, in the case of Fourth of July, illegal use of fireworks. Fortunately, the pitfalls of fireworks are easily avoided if you apply common sense and become informed before you start launching them. Here is what you need to know about enjoying fireworks in Texas:
- Know local rules: Many fireworks-related fines arise from ignorance of the local laws. Not knowing these laws is never a defense if you face a fine or criminal charge. Local restrictions may include certain types of fireworks or burn bans where fireworks are not allowed at all. Also, fireworks may be banned within city limits, but not in the outlying areas. Look up these laws before you light up, and choose your location wisely.
- Check to see if you need a permit: Fireworks shows with 50 or more attendees usually require a permit from the local fire department. This is due to the type of fireworks normally used and extra requirements in crowd control and overall safety. While your event may be a private family reunion with featured fireworks, that still may require a permit even though you are not using a public venue. Double check and be sure so you do not risk fines or penalties.
- Time your launch correctly: Fireworks are limited to certain times of the year. Typically, they are legal during the week leading up to July 4 and New Year’s, but also Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day. It is up to the county to decide which holidays are legal for fireworks. While Fourth of July is universal for allowing fireworks, check your county laws before you light them for other holidays.
- Limit alcohol intake: Drinking and launching fireworks do not mix. You are more likely to sustain injuries or start a fire if your judgment is impaired by one too many beers. Control your intake if you plan to play with fireworks. If someone in your party is inebriated, take away their car keys, provide a place for them to crash and keep them away from handling the fireworks.
- Use with adult supervision: Children should not handle fireworks without adult supervision. Sparklers seem harmless and are considered child-friendly, but mishandling leads to burns and possibly brush fires. If your children are participating with firework displays, keep them on pavement and have a hose or bucket of water handy in case anything catches fire.
- Be safe: Never hold fireworks in your hand while lighting them, and do not shoot them in the direction of another person. If the area you plan to light them is dry, hose it off thoroughly first to reduce fire hazards. This is another reason to supervise children—sometimes, they get the idea to shoot Roman candles or point sparklers at one another. Be a good example and promote safety first so there is fun this Fourth of July rather than an emergency room visit.
If you require a criminal lawyer in Lubbock, TX, contact The Law Office of Rob Biggers. We provide honest and direct representation to thoroughly address your case and find the best strategy for your defense. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
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