St. Patrick’s Day And A Run In With The Law

March 18, 2013 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Unfortunately for you the chances that you read this article before St. Patrick’s Day are fairly slim, so if you are reading it that means there is a good chance that you or a loved one had a run in with the law over the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.  St. Patrick’s Day marks a weekend where hundreds of thousands of people get citations for various types of violations and many get arrested. 

St. Patrick’s Day was originally celebrated as a religious holiday, however now in New Jersey St. Patrick’s day is notorious for parties and heavy drinking.   For many Americans, especially around the college age it’s one of the biggest party nights of the year.    Many people take part in local city pub crawls and get take their favorite drinking glass door to door to indulge in their favorite ale.

With so many people partying and drinking on the streets the police are on high alert patrolling for drunk drivers or any other people breaking the law.  Although in some cities the police will allow a little more leniency with the law, there are some other cities in New Jersey that take even a tougher approach on St. Patty’s Day.

What Are Some Of The Violations That People Get Cited For On St. Patrick’s Day?

In Hoboken, New Jersey for example the police often issue a “zero-tolerance” policy for the street in Hoboken on the day St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated.  This means the Hoboken Police Department will strictly enforce all criminal and motor vehicle laws and any other city violations.   Some of the most common violations in which officers enforce are as follows:

  • Open Container in Public – anyone seen possessing an open container of alcohol in public can face penalties of up to $2,000
  • Urinating in Public – anyone seen urinating in public can face maximum fines of up to $2,000
  • Disorderly House – house parties can be deemed disorderly when people complain of excessive noise and unreasonably reckless behavior from a renter or owner of the apartment.  Maximum penalties are $2,000.
  • Disorderly Conduct – behavior that is said to be a “public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof” by way of fighting, making threats, violent behavior, or creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition.

St. Patrick’s Day sadly enough is also a day where many people are arrested for drunk driving.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) boosted its campaign for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over for the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 30% of traffic fatalities on St. Patrick’s day involve alcohol.

What Should I Do If I Had A Run In With The Law During The St. Patrick’s Day Weekend?

If you were issued any citation, traffic violation or criminal complaint contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today.  Our firm can help protect your rights and help fight your charges.  Call us today for a free consultation.