As Victorian students prepare for final exams, it is timely to remind them that bad schoolies-week decisions can follow them through their adult lives.
Whether they are heading to Victorian schoolies hot spots like Lorne or Torquay or interstate, excuses of youthful enthusiasm and exuberance will count for little if they fall foul of the law.
It’s important to remember that, for many, schoolies will be their first taste of freedom as 18-year old adults. A criminal conviction recorded as an adult can be a permanent stain on someone’s record.
Most schoolies week offences start with alcohol so the key message is to drink responsibly and avoid public drunkenness, drinking in public and underage drinking, not to mention the deadly offence of drink driving.
Police will also be on the lookout for anyone engaging in violence or holding fake ID’s, both of which can result in criminal charges, as can the production or distribution of photographs of nude or sexual images of a minor, or sexting. Schoolies should enjoy themselves without letting a lapse of judgement affect the rest of their lives.
Slater & Gordon