As the weather warms up, music venues all across the state of New Jersey are preparing for their busy concert schedules. From huge pop or country stars to smaller indie shows to weekend-long festivals, there will be opportunities for almost anyone to get out and enjoy a good show. Unfortunately, with the revelry and enjoyment that often accompanies a concert also comes an increase in legal troubles for some concert-goers.
Common Reasons for Arrests at Concerts
While many people attend concerts simply to hear some good music, others may view concerts as a time and place for irresponsible and even unlawful behavior. Concerts are often a hotbed for drugs and alcohol, which can lead to a variety of bad decisions and, ultimately, to arrests. Law enforcement officers commonly arrest people at concerts for the following offenses and more:
- Disorderly conduct
- Possession of marijuana, Molly (ecstasy), cocaine, or other controlled substances
- Underage possession of alcohol or underage drinking
- Public intoxication
- Assault or sexual assault
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)
Even if some of the above offenses may seem to be no big deal, a conviction can have a significant effect on your life. This is especially true for younger adults, as any type of conviction of their record may hinder their ability to get accepted to certain higher education institutions or to obtain financial aid. An experienced attorney can help to avoid conviction and to limit consequences for you whenever possible.
Other charges that can stem from concert season can have extremely serious and lasting effects, such as drug possession or drinking and driving. These charges can result in the loss of your license, fines, or even jail time, among many other possible consequences. In addition, if you ever face charges in the future, a prior conviction can mean significantly enhanced penalties. It is essential to have a strong legal drug or DUI defense in these types of cases.
Call a NJ Criminal Defense Attorney for a Consultation Today
If you went to concert in New Jersey expecting to have a good time and instead ended up behind bars, you need the assistance of a highly qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Defense attorney Robert DePersia successfully handles a wide variety of cases, from relatively minor citations to serious criminal charges. No matter why you were arrested, you should take any resulting case extremely seriously to avoid any long-term consequences of a criminal record. Please contact the Law Office of Robert E. DePersia, II at 856-795-9688 to discuss your case today.