Travis J. Tormey recently represented a client charged with a crime for stepping onto the field at MetLife Stadium following a NY Jets football game. MetLife Stadium is in East Rutherford, New Jersey and is the stadium where the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants play their home games. The client got onto the field not long after the football contest ended and took a towel out of a team bin.
Although the client did have a field pass allowing her to be on the MetLife field, she “jumped the gun” by making her way onto the field a bit too early. Law enforcement at the stadium responded by detaining her and then charging her with disorderly conduct and defiant trespassing. Police also gave her a citation for a municipal ordinance violation for creating a disturbance at the East Rutherford NJ stadium.
The client was facing significant penalties, so it was imperative that she hire an aggressive criminal defense attorney. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2, a person who engages in tumultuous behavior with purpose to cause public inconvenience can be charged with a petty disorderly persons offense. A conviction for a disorderly persons offense, such as disorderly conduct, can result in a sentence of 90 days in the county jail.
After being placed under arrest at the stadium, the client contacted Travis Tormey. Mr. Tormey discussed the case with the East Rutherford prosecutor and highlighted the fact that his client had permission to walk onto the field after the game officially ended. Moreover, Mr. Tormey said, the client did not have a prior record. Mr. Tormey’s negotiating efforts were successful: the prosecutor agreed to drop the criminal charges in exchange for the client pleading guilty to the municipal ordinance violation and paying a small fine.
Thanks to Travis Tormey, the client was able to avoid getting a criminal record. This was a very positive outcome for the client and a major win for the Tormey Law Firm.