On a trip to Atlantic City, the Golden Nugget casino might be a stop along your way or your main destination. If you had too much to drink or got caught up in a bad losing streak, you might find yourself making questionable decisions. If these choices led to an arrest, you could be facing serious charges for disorderly conduct, theft, assault, or other crimes.
If you or a loved one was arrested at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, call the Law Offices of John J. Zarych today. Our criminal lawyers for people arrested at Golden Nugget Atlantic City offer free legal consultations to help you understand your charges and advise you on your options for how to handle your case. To schedule your free legal consultation with our criminal defense attorneys, contact our lawyers today at (609) 616-4956.
Getting Casino Charges Dropped and Dismissed in Atlantic City
The Law Offices of John J. Zarych’s criminal defense lawyers work with defendants in Atlantic City and the surrounding areas, which means that many of our clients were arrested at casinos like the Golden Nugget. Many of these charges stem from indiscretions after a night out, such as drug use, theft, and assault. We also handle plenty of cases for driving while intoxicated that come after leaving a casino. In many of these cases, there are opportunities based on how the arrest occurred and what crime was charged that can allow us to get charges dropped and dismissed.
First of all, it is important to remember that security personnel at a casino are not necessarily police officers. Some security personnel might literally be police officers who work security on their days off, and some casinos get help from local law enforcement to police the site. However, if the security officer is not an on-duty or undercover police officer, they typically do not have the right to use force against you except in self-defense, and they do not have the right to arrest you except as a citizen’s arrest. Many cases can be challenged by questioning what the security officers did and whether it was equally illegal for them to physically harm you, put their hands on you, confiscate your property, or otherwise harass you. Two wrongs do not make a right, but challenging this behavior might lead a judge to conclude the case should be handled as a civil matter and dismiss the charges.
If you were arrested by police, we can challenge the evidence that led to the arrest. If you were wrongfully arrested on false information from casino security or you were arrested without probable cause that you did anything wrong, any evidence stemming from that arrest should be thrown out. This means that if you were only found with drugs after you were wrongfully arrested, then those charges should be dismissed because the evidence of any wrongdoing was illegally seized. Evidence suppression and other evidentiary challenges can often be enough to make charges impossible to prove, leading prosecutors to drop the charges or leading police to dismiss the case.
Charges can also be dropped and dismissed based on negotiations with the prosecution. In some cases, you may be permitted to participate in New Jersey’s Pre-Trial Intervention program or other “diversionary” programs that allow you to perform community service, seek counseling for anger management or drug and alcohol abuse, and pay restitution for any damage or theft so that charges can be dropped. This can help you avoid a criminal record entirely. Other negotiated plea agreements might allow more serious charges to be dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to lesser offenses. Ideally, this would end with fines only or probation instead of jail time.
Fighting Charges for Casino Crimes at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City
Charges filed against you for conduct that occurred in Atlantic City need to be handled in Atlantic City. Both state charges for disorderly persons offenses (misdemeanors) and indictable crimes (felonies) will be filed at a courthouse in Atlantic City, since that is the seat of Atlantic County. Any local municipal charges for ordinance violations will also be filed in Atlantic City’s municipal courthouse. In any of these cases, this means that you will need to address the charges and appear at court dates in Atlantic City.
The Law Offices of John J. Zarych’s Atlantic City casino crime lawyers work in Atlantic City and the surrounding areas, and we can work with you over the phone to plan out your case. Then, we can meet with you in Atlantic City on the day of your hearings to address the charges. This means that if you live out of state or live far away in New Jersey, you can still challenge the case against you in Atlantic City without needing to travel as frequently. Our attorneys can also make sure that we are prepared to challenge the case and proceed with any in-court hearings and meetings with the judge so that we can reduce the burden on you.
Ultimately, if we can get your charges dismissed and dropped early, you can avoid having to come back to Atlantic City for multiple court dates, but this is not always an option. Especially if the judge wants to keep you in jail and deny bail, you will definitely need help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you keep your freedom and go home.
Call Our Lawyers for Criminal Charges from an Arrest at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ
If you were arrested at the Golden Nugget or if a loved one told you that they’ve been arrested in Atlantic City for casino crimes, call the Law Offices of John J. Zarych today. Our criminal attorneys for people arrested at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City fight to help our clients stay out of jail and get charges dropped, dismissed, and reduced. For help with your case, call our lawyers today at (609) 616-4956 to schedule a free legal consultation.