According to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson 61 arrests were made for minor in possession during Soulard Mardi Gras. There were also 71 summonses in all for various city ordinance violations, and 4 DWI arrests made as part of the police efforts.
Law enforcement agencies frequently saturate crowds at events like Soulard Mardi Gras and write numerous citations. Events like this include; concerts at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, parades downtown, sporting events, holiday festivities and other events in the St. Louis and St. Charles areas.
At events like this, law enforcement is required to follow specific standards under Missouri law in order to write a valid MIP ticket. Frequently police make errors and their police work does not meet these necessary standards. In cases such as these, a quality MIP lawyer in St. Louis may be able to have charges reduced or even dropped.
If you or a loved one has been ticketed by police and charged with a crime such as Minor in Possession, you need to act fast and protect your future. Charges such as these can carry serious sentences that could stain your record and hold hefty fines. An experienced criminal defense lawyer like John Schleiffarth will be able to find mistakes if they were made by police and may be able to help someone avoid serious penalties.
Source: ksdk.com, “Police: 61 MIPs given during Soulard Mardi Gras,” Allison Sylte, March 2, 2014