02 Apr Arrested at Klipsch or White River: Common Charges
Arrested at Klipsch or The Lawn at White River? What Happens Next?
It’s almost concert season again and we all know what that means…concerts at Klipsch Music Center in Hamilton County, Indiana or downtown Indianapolis at The Lawn at White River. (Depending on your age, it may also be Verizon Amphitheater or Deer Creek!) Whether it’s Dave Matthews Band, Kenney Chesney, Phish, Weezer or Bob Dylan, every show starts out with friends, great music and maybe a few drinks. In many cases, that’s where it ends. But sometimes things can go wrong and head down hill (and not the hill at Klipsch!) With the combination of drinking, marijuana and all the excitement at the concert, sometimes there are arguments between concertgoers, someone underage may get caught drinking, or there can even be a encounter with a police officer. Any of these things, unfortunately, could end up with you or a friend being summonsed or arrested at Klipsch or White River.
At Klipsch, and also at White River, officers may work in plain clothes, looking for underage drinking, marijuana use, concertgoers purchasing alcohol for a minor or anyone too intoxicated or causing a scene and/or fighting.
To help those heading out to concerts this year, below is a list of some of the most common charges for those arrested at Klipsch or White River. This is not a complete list, but hopefully it helps concertgoers plan their nights out ahead of time and avoid some of these issues. However, if you or a friend is arrested at Klipsch, White River, or any other event around Indianapolis, Chambers Law Office is here to help!
- Possession of Marijuana – Having marijuana in your possession is a Class B Misdemeanor, unless you have a prior conviction, then it is a Class A Misdemeanor. If more than 30g are alleged to be possessed, then it may be filed as a Level 6 Felony.
- Possession of Paraphernalia – If you are arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia, such as a bowl, pipe or one hitter, this charge is a Class C misdemeanor, unless you have a prior conviction, then it is a Class A misdemeanor.
- Public Intoxication – If you are found to be intoxicated in public and either endanger yourself, another person or cause a disturbance or annoyance, you can be arrested for public intoxication. This offense is a Class B misdemeanor.
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol (Underage Drinking) – This is very common charge at Klipsch. If you are under 21 and caught with alcohol, you may be arrested or given a summons to appear in court at a later date. This is a Class C misdemeanor.
- Possessing or Using a False ID – This is a Class C Misdemeanor. It is illegal to use a fake ID to obtain alcohol or give a false statement as to your age in order to obtain alcohol. If cited, you may be arrested or given a summons for a court date.
- Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor – It is illegal to knowingly or recklessly sell, exchange, purchase or provide alcohol to a minor. This offense is a Class B misdemeanor. However, if it can be shown that the offense caused serious bodily injury or death to another person, it may be charged as a felony.
- Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Depending on the level of intoxication this is typically charged as a Class C or Class A misdemeanor (or sometimes both). If the person has a prior conviction or causes injury, it may be filed as a felony.
RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT
- Resisting Law Enforcement – This is a Class A misdemeanor in most cases. Whether valid or not, this is often charged when an officer believes the person is not complying with orders. You may be charged with either forcibly resisting, by physically resisting the officer, or you may be charged with resisting by fleeing, if you run away.
- Disorderly Conduct – A person who engages in fighting or tumultuous conduct, makes unreasonable noise and continues to do so after being asked to stop, or disrupts a lawful assembly of persons may be arrested for disorderly conduct. This offense is a Class B misdemeanor.
- Battery – If you get into a fight at a concert, you may be arrested for battery. If you touch another person in a rude, insolent or angry manner or with bodily fluid, you can be charged with battery as a Class B misdemeanor. If injury is alleged (including pain) it is a Class A misdemeanor. However, if moderate injury is alleged or the offense is committed against a public safety officer, it may be filed as a Level 6 felony.
At the end of the day, relax and have fun. Most people leave the show safely, without encountering law enforcement. However, if you do find yourself in trouble and are arrested at Klipsch or White River, with charges pending in Hamilton Superior Court, Carmel City Court or Marion County Superior Court, Chambers Law Office can help. As a former deputy prosecutor, Julie Chambers has unique experience both prosecuting and defending many criminal offenses, including possession of marijuana, alcohol offenses, resisting law enforcement and battery. If you find yourself arrested at Klipsch, White River or any other venue around Indianapolis, contact Chambers Law Office to discuss your case today!
*You should always discuss your case with an attorney, as each case is different and no two cases will be handled the same. This blog should not be a substitute for qualified legal advice.