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At Alabama’s sandy-white intersection of I-59 and Beach Boulevard, HO-MF, LLC hosts Gulf Shores’ Hangout Music Festival every Spring. The wide variety of musicians in the lineup draws crowds from far and wide, in the tens of thousands.  Many of the concert-goers wake to more than a hangover after the music has stopped and the alcohol has stopped pouring: dui’s, drug arrests, traffic citations, obstruction offenses and the like. In 2011, a Gulf Shores businessman reported that police could have made marijuana arrests in the thousands during the 3-day long open-air event.

One way to prepare for the Hangout Fest, which begins today, in addition to gathering tickets, lodging, beer and transportation, is to brush-up on the law.  Here are some online references for those music-lovers seeking to avoid confrontations and over-night stays with law enforcement this weekend:

Baldwin County Commission

Rules of the Road

Public Indecency Law

State Drug Law:



Federal Drug Law, generally


Refusing a Breathalyzer

County Jail Rules and FAQs

And if you wake up missing a member of your entourage, look here:  Baldwin County Sheriff’s 24-Hour Bookings




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