As we hit the height of summer, many people flock to the Jersey Shore for some fun and relaxation on the beach. However, some people may be going down the shore with other motivations in mind – to cash in through illegal activity. Large crowds full of distracted people make it tempting for some to try to steal wallets, phones, or other valuable items when the owners are not looking.
Not everyone who violates the law in the summer months on The Shore arrives with the intentions of doing so, however. The heat of summer mixed with partying crowds can create a prime environment for various criminal offenses. It should be no surprise, then, that the crime rate in the area does increase as the crowds come in the summer months.
The crimes committed can range from relatively minor to severe, however, there are potential penalties for all violations of New Jersey law. Some examples of common offenses that may occur on The Shore in the summer include the following:
- Noise violations
- Open containers
- Drunk and disorderly conduct
- Public urination
- Minors in possession of alcohol
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Other alcohol offenses
- Petty theft
- Sexual assault
- Possession of marijuana or other controlled substances (note: now that marijuana is legal, users can possess up to six ounces).
While there is an increase in arrests, most of them are for minor offenses. However, offenders still face fines, probation, and other consequences if they are charged. More serious offenses regularly happen throughout the entire year in Atlantic City, where crimes tend to involve theft, grand theft auto, assaults, and even murders.
You can bet that law enforcement officers will be ready and waiting to arrest anyone they suspect of criminal activity on the Jersey Shore. In fact, police departments in the area call in special forces for the season. These officers often have limited training yet can still make arrests. Whether an arrest is due to theft, alcohol offenses, sexual offenses, or any other criminal accusations, you should take any resulting case extremely seriously and should immediately call an experienced NJ criminal defense lawyer for help.
Call a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer for More Information Today
If your summer trip to the Jersey Shore is marred by an arrest and criminal allegations, you should discuss your situation with an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Leon Matchin as soon as possible. Please call 732-662-7658 to find out how we can help you.