Most of us look forward to holidays throughout the year and to the parties, gatherings, and other events that come with holiday celebrations. Drinking alcohol is often a large part of holiday revelry and, unfortunately, large groups drinking can often lead to a variety of bad decisions. Bad decisions can lead to holiday arrests and criminal allegations and, suddenly, the holiday mood is not so celebratory. Drinking during holidays does not have to lead to long-term consequences and anyone accused of any type of violation should contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.
St Patrick’s Day Event Leads to Arrests
In early March, numerous bars in Hoboken open their doors for the annual “Leprecon” bar crawl. This year, 2,500 people or more were estimated to be bouncing from bar to bar throughout the day, enjoying drink specials at many venues. The revelers were also joined by 200 law enforcement officers from in and around Hoboken who were watching for any violations of the law and found many.
The crime most commonly associated with alcohol is driving while intoxicated (DWI), however, officers at “Leprecon” issued many other tickets and made arrests stemming from a variety of alcohol-related allegations. Some of the accusation involved the following:
- Public drunkenness
- Public drinking
- Disorderly conduct
- Public urination
In total, 15 people were placed under arrest and 54 people received tickets for some type of violation.
Most people believe that public drunkenness and disorderly conduct simply come with a holiday event like “Leprecon”. However, law enforcement and the courts take these offenses seriously and if you are convicted, you could face a range of serious penalties. Most importantly, you should never ignore a ticket for these offenses—or any offense—as that can result in a warrant for your arrest and even more serious penalties. Instead, you should discuss your rights and options with a defense attorney immediately.
Consult with a NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer as soon as Possible
Many people may believe that a citation issued for a bar fight during a bar crawl or holiday celebrations may not be that serious. However, any type of arrest or ticket should be taken extremely seriously as there are potentially serious consequences on the line. The court strictly enforces all laws, including the seemingly minor ones, and can impose fines, probation, and more for individuals accused of violating the laws. If you experienced a holiday arrest during a St. Patrick’s Day celebration or at any other time, your first call should be to an experienced NJ criminal defense attorney. Please call for a consultation with the Law Office of David C. Barry at 732-238-8686 today.