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Super Bowl Celebrations Equal Jail Time?

Monday / February 5, 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 41-33 over the New England Patriots. Almost immediately following the Eagles win, news reports started showing fans celebrating in the city of Philadelphia.  Fans were jumping off awnings, climbing light poles, going into gas stations and throwing food and chips around, flooding the streets in excitement. What would happen if the Arizona Cardinals had won the Super Bowl and that type of behavior was happening on the streets of  Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, or Phoenix?  What kind of crimes could the celebrators be charged with?


Disorderly Conduct

One of the most common crimes charged when people are excited and celebrating is disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is typically charged as a class one misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $2500 fine.


Criminal Damage/Vandalism

Another common crime that could be charged in a scenario like this, would be criminal damage. Criminal damage is an offense were somebody damages the property of another causing them some sort of financial loss. Typically criminal damages also charged as a class one misdemeanor when the value of the property is low. However, it can be charged as a felony depending on what sort of property was ultimately damaged.



Individuals could also be charged with theft or shoplifting for taking items from gas stations or any other store. Typically shoplifting is charged as a misdemeanor.  However theft, can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the property taken.


Police could charge individuals with any number of criminal offenses for getting a little too excited during their celebrations.  In any event, all these offenses are criminal in nature which means that if  convicted the offenses stay on his or her record forever.


If you or anyone that you know has been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage, theft, shoplifting or any other criminal offense call now to set up your free no obligation consultation to discuss your rights.

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