St. Patrick’s Day Parades Bring Disorderly Conduct to the Jersey Shore

Local St. Patrick’s Day Parades Bring Crowds & Unlawful Conduct

St Patrick's Day ParadeWith the 40th annual Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade behind us and the Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Seaside Heights this upcoming weekend, you can expect a lot of crowds at the Jersey Shore this month.  Belmar’s parade attracts approximately 10,000 marchers and over 100,000 spectators on a yearly basis to celebrate Irish culture and welcome the end of the winter season.   This is the 30th year Seaside Heights is hosting the Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, taking place this Saturday, March 8.

These St. Patrick’s Day events have grown to be a staple of Jersey Shore life and a joyful occasion for all.  However, frequently St. Patrick’s Day at the Jersey Shore is accompanied by disorderly behavior when crowds of people and alcohol are mixed.  Some parade attendees are arrested in Belmar and Seaside Heights for disorderly person offenses, motor vehicle violations, drunk driving or sometimes more serious crimes.

Commonly written disorderly persons offenses during events like these include: disorderly conduct, trespassing, criminal mischief, simple assault, fake ID, underage drinking, drug possession, and resisting arrest.

Call Villani & DeLuca if You’re Arrested at a NJ Parade

If you are arrested during the Belmar or Seaside Heights St. Patrick’s Day festivities, it is important to contact an experienced Jersey Shore criminal lawyer to defend you.  There are alternatives to pleading guilty to the charges the Belmar or Seaside Heights police write you and you may have defenses available in your arrest.

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Disorderly persons offenses can have serious consequences.  If you are charged with a disorderly persons offense in Belmar, Seaside Heights, or a surrounding New Jersey shore town, you could face up to a $1,000.00 fine, you may be ordered to pay restitution, spend up to six months in jail, and pay other monetary fines and penalties.  Discuss with an experienced team of local Belmar Municipal Court and Seaside Heights Municipal Court attorneys the alternatives to pleading guilty to the charges you are facing.  Call (732) 965-3350 immediately for a free evaluation of your case before your first court date.