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 hotspots 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 and T Bank Stadium where the Ravens play.  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 Mr. Herbst 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.  If the Horseshoe Casino has permanently banned you or a loved one, Mr. Herbst may also be able to assist in reversing this. 

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.  These types of cases are common at the Maryland Live Casino, which has numerous ways of locating people who enter their property while on the voluntary exclusion list.  The Anne Arundel County police will typically handle these cases, and trials will be set in Glen Burnie or Annapolis, but the potential consequences are the same as with Baltimore City cases.

The Herbst Firm handles criminal cases in all jurisdictions in Maryland.  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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