“People are arrested every week at Giants Stadium for disorderly conduct 2C:33-2. Unfortunately, this disorderly persons offense could leave a criminal charge on your record.”
Most of the disorderly conduct cases resulting from sporting events can be handled without the result being a criminal record, but you still need to know what you’re facing. Hiring an attorney increases the chances of that outcome. Please check out our series on How To Beat Disorderly Conduct or take a look at our Top 5 Ways To Beat A Criminal Charge.
East Rutherford NJ Disorderly Conduct Lawyer – Giants Stadium
A Petty Disorderly Persons Offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2
I have handled serious criminal charges for a long time resulting from alcohol and football games including disorderly conduct, simple assault, and trespassing. These all stem from incidents at Giants Stadium (now known as “MetLife stadium”).
With sound defense strategies, these cases can be drastically reduced, and can potentially be thrown out of court entirely.
These charges are handled at the East Rutherford Municipal Court. As a local attorney, I appear with clients in the East Rutherford Court on a regular basis. For a free consultation, please contact me at (201) 556-1571.
The most common criminal charge we see from Giants Stadium is a petty disorderly persons offense for disorderly conduct under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2. Disorderly conduct essentially means any disruptive or inappropriate behavior.
§ 2C:33-2. Disorderly Conduct
a. Improper behavior. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense, if with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof he
(1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior; or
(2) Creates a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.
b. Offensive language. A person is guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense if, in a public place, and with purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability of so doing, he addresses unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance, to any person present.
Most of the clients we represent in the East Rutherford court are people with no criminal history who had a little too much to drink and got themselves into trouble. This can be a disorderly conduct charge (for drunk or disorderly conduct), simple assault (for a fight with an Eagles fan), or trespassing (for being kicked out of the stadium for drinking too much and then trying to get back in). Regardless, all these criminal charges are serious because you are facing county jail time and a permanent criminal charge on your record. Most disorderly persons offenses include the following penalties:
Up to six (6) months in the county jail
Up to a $1,000.00 fine
A permanent criminal charge on your record
Our experienced criminal lawyers are often able to negotiate a downgrade of these criminal offenses to a non-criminal charge which results in a fine and no record. This is essentially a noise violation which is on the level of a littering ticket. This is crucial in our clients ability to avoid jail and a criminal charge on their record.