As the warm weather air rolls in, and July 4th is getting closer, beach-lovers head to Long Beach Island (LBI) and with that migration, arrests will most certainly increase. When there is a sudden increase in population, (and an increase in drinking), the local police departments increase their presence in the areas of Beach Haven, Ship Bottom, Long Beach Township, Surf City, Barnegat Light and Harvey Cedars. Long Beach Island is a memorable place with great restaurants, music, beaches and other great activities, it is also a place where many people get arrested over the summer months.
If you have visited LBI, you know it is a beautiful place, but often juveniles and adults get arrested for disorderly person offenses while on vacation and it can unfortunately have a tremendous effect on their lives. Whether the arrest be for a borough ordinance violation, Possession of Marijuana less than 50 grams, Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Mischief or Simple Assault, all these matters require court appearances and are considered Disorderly Person Offenses. A Disorderly Persons offense can have long-term effects on your life. It holds a maximum of 6 months in jail, probation and fines. It is imperative that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for you in these local municipalities of Beach Haven, Long Beach Township (which includes Brant Beach, Holgate, Brighton Beach, Beach Haven Crest, Beach Haven Terrace, Beach Haven Gardens, Haven Beach, The Dunes, Spray Beach and North Beach Haven), Surf City, Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars and Ship Bottom.
If the matter is classified as an indictable offense, whether is it be 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree the matter will be transferred to the Superior Court located in Toms River, New Jersey. Again, it is important to have an attorney with experience on your side.