Avoiding Criminal Charges When Traveling
We frequently use this space to present information about new laws taking effect in Illinois, strategies for keeping yourself safe, and protecting your rights in the face of arrest or criminal charges, among a variety of other related topics. With many people starting to make plans for spring or summer vacations, we thought some might find it interesting to learn about the items or activities that, while traveling outside the United States, could result in your arrest.
Know Before You Go
There are many things that citizens of the United States take for granted. However, when traveling abroad, it is smart to take some time and research the local laws in your destination. Presented in the list below are some of the things considered illegal in foreign countries that an American may find quite unusual.
- Mullets and ponytails are illegal in Iran. Long, bushy beards are fine, but hair styles on men that reflect “western” ideals are against the law.
- While creating and sharing Memes is a common social media practice in the U.S., this activity violates Australia’s Copyright Act. If you are traveling Down Under, be careful what you share.
- Singapore has a ban on chewing gum. Anyone caught bringing it into the city could face a very stiff fine and even some jail time.
- Traveling to Pakistan or Saudi Arabia in February? Do not plan on exchanging Valentine’s Day gifts while in those countries, as public displays of celebrating this day of love are forbidden.
- While heeled shoes may seem impractical while sightseeing, wearing them on ancient grounds in Greece is against the law. The ban was put in place to help protect these sacred grounds, so pack some sandals, flats, or other sensible shoes before visiting the Parthenon.
Now, some of these laws only apply in countries that most Americans may never consider visiting for a vacation, but this is meant to illustrate the importance of educating yourself on local laws before traveling. Knowing the laws for the area in which you reside is equally important, if not more so.
Defend Yourself Locally with an Experienced Will County Criminal Defense Attorney
The prospect of facing criminal charges here in Illinois, never mind while traveling outside the United States, can be a frightening and stressful experience. Attempting to defend yourself or relying on the prosecution to go easy are both very risky maneuvers. Hiring a resourceful and knowledgeable Joliet criminal defense attorney is a wise decision. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba offers clients the benefit of years of experience in building your defense, while researching applicable diversion program opportunities that will work to your advantage. Call our offices at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free initial consultation with a legal professional who will guide you through the process with care and understanding.