Although the New York State Fair provides ample amounts of fun for the whole family, there is also plenty of opportunity for trouble.
According to CNYCentral, theft is the most common crime at the fair, which occurs either directly or after the victim briefly leaves their purse or backpack unattended. Another common crime is using counterfeit money, which is why vendors are trained by law enforcement to look out for fake money.
Since many people consume alcohol at the New York State Fair, being intoxicated can lead to unruly behavior, resulting in disorderly conduct, DWI, and even assault charges.
Due to the potential for criminal activity at the fair, New York State Police patrol all 375 acres of the area in significant numbers. It is not uncommon for people to run into multiple policemen throughout the day.
To avoid turning a day at the fair into a night in a jail cell, the following are several tips to stay out of trouble at the New York State Fair:
- Follow the rules – The New York State Fair is committed to providing attendants with various fun activities and the security to enjoy them. The Rules of Conduct includes specific items that are prohibited in the park, areas where smoking is not allowed, acceptable attire, and even permittable free speech activities. Adhere to these rules to avoid legal repercussions.
- Limit alcohol consumption – Depending on your tolerance, you should watch how much alcohol you drink while spending the day at the fair. If you consume too much, attempting to drive home will result in a DWI and a trip to the jailhouse.
- Use public transportation and rideshare services – To avoid getting a DWI, you can rely on ridesharing apps such as Uber or Lyft to get you home without getting behind the wheel. For a for frugal option, you can use public transportation such as the bus or train.
- Avoid getting too aggressive at concerts – There are dozens of musical performances taking place at the New York State Fair in different venues. Many people express their admiration for music by forming mosh pits at concerts or being overly rowdy in general. This type of behavior can lead to fights and assault charges once security and police defuse the situation.
If you have been arrested at the New York State Fair, contact Cambareri & Brenneck today (315) 646-0756 for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to take emergency calls.