• Wake County Criminal Defense Attorney | Throwing Objects at Local Sporting Events
  • June 24, 2013
  • Law Firm: Matheson Law Office PLLC - Raleigh Office
  • Citizens of North Carolina need to be aware of all laws for misdemeanors, felonies, and traffic violations within the state.  One specific charge this Wake County Criminal Defense Attorney would like to draw attention to today is Throwing Objects at Sporting Events. I’m sure anyone who has ever viewed a sporting event of T.V. or in person has witness an athlete getting hit with some object thrown by an angry patron in the stands.  It is highly un-sportsman-like but it is something that we must witness, and will continue to witness, in the games to come.  So lets talk bout it.  The statute states:  “It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, pour, release, discharge, expose or place in an area where an athletic contest or sporting event is taking place any substance or object that shall be likely to cause injury to persons participating in or attending such contests or events or to cause damage to animals, vehicles, equipment, devices, or other things used in connection with such contests or events.” A crime of this sort will result in a charge of a Class 3 misdemeanor, along with a possible suit if the object hits an athlete and he or she wishes to take action.     

    It is also beneficial to note that this object need not hit anyone or cause injuries.  As a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer, I can tell you that I have had clients charged with this offense simply because the once the object was thrown it was likely to cause injury or damage.  The area of where this athletic event is taking place specially means the stands, however case law offers insight that this charge could consist of the parking lot for this venue as well.  Due to this act being so common and highly dangerous, it is easy to see why there are so many security personnel wearing the neon brightly colored jackets standing at many of the section posts able to view the crowd from a variety of perspectives.     

    For the reasons stated, it is very important to make use of self- control when in the stands at a sporting event.   Being a passionate fan of many sports teams its easy to understand how emotionally attached someone can be within a game, specifically how heated someone can get when things aren’t going their way.  Regardless, your self-control needs to be in effect otherwise serious fines and punishment could come flying your way.    

    Please be sure to contact a Wake County Criminal Defense Lawyer in your area for the best consultation to help you in any criminal matter.     

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