Stadium and Casino Trespass

Stadium and Casino TrespassThis past year we have seen a significant uptick in trespass and disorderly intoxication arrests in Baltimore City.  Some of these arrests are still occurring at nighttime hot spots like Power Plant Live and in federal hill, but now we are starting to see a larger police presence at places like the Horseshoe Casino and M&T Bank Stadium.  Police at these places have much shorter fuses than when out on the street, and are often rough an aggressive when it comes to enforcing their rules.  A simple argument, being noticeably intoxicated, or even just being too loud can result in an arrest, and criminal charges will almost always follow.  And that’s not all, because the casino and the stadium are private property, arrests or citations could have additional consequences such as being permanently banned from the property.  A tough pill to swallow for any Ravens fan, or other football fan going to see a game.

Benjamin Herbst has represented dozens of defendants who have been arrested or cited for trespass, disorderly intoxication, and endangering the safety of another.  Each of these charges is a misdemeanor, but that does not mean they can be taken lightly.  Each carries a maximum 90-day jail sentence and the possibility of a permanent criminal conviction.  The penalties can increase upon second and subsequent offenses as well.  The goal of every criminal representation is to avoid both of these consequences, and we will fight to make sure this happens.  In cases where a defendant has been arrested or cited at the stadium, he can assist in reversing the NFL’s letter of disinvite, which the Ravens send to all persons who have been arrested during a game.

Trespass citations are not always the result of some sort of altercation as we have handled numerous cases initiated due to the Maryland Voluntary Exclusion Program.  People who enter the program can and will be charged with a criminal offense if they enter the property before the ban is up, whether it be for two years or in some cases a lifetime ban.  Those who have agreed to a two year ban may still be charged if they return after the two year period has expired.  We have seen cases where people assume the ban will automatically be lifted but this is not the case.  These voluntary exclusion cases are common at the Maryland Live Casino in Hanover and the Horseshoe in Baltimore City, which have numerous ways of locating people who enter their property while on the voluntary exclusion list.  The Anne Arundel County Police are always quick to show up to cite or even arrest a banned gambler at the Live.  Worcester County police officers will are also on standby to show up if an excluded person shows up at the Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin.  The same is true for police in the area of the Hollywood Casino of Perryville in Cecil County and the new MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County.  Keep in mind that the voluntary exclusion program is a statewide program.  If you exclude yourself from one casino you cannot just go to another one in the state, and security has a good chance of locating you even if you are not playing at a table.  You can be located by facial recognition or by using an ATM, credit card or players card.

Benjamin handles criminal cases in all jurisdictions in Maryland, and has been able to secure dismissals in numerous casino trespass cases.  We understand that facing any criminal charge is a stressful and potentially life altering experience.  While it’s important to have representation from a skilled and experienced lawyer to make sure that permanent consequences are avoided, it is also important to have someone to keep you informed and involved every step of the way.  We never leave our clients in the dark about their cases, and we are always available to discuss any issues that come up during or even after the case is over.  We can also set up a consultation in your area if making a trip to our office is not convenient.  In addition, the firm offers flexible payment plans that allow you or a loved one to secure representation immediately, because nobody facing a criminal charge, no matter how serious, should be without a lawyer.  If you, a friend, or loved one has been arrested or has received a citation or summons by a police officer, contact us at 410-207-2598.   
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