Published in Criminal Law on March 10, 2023.
Everyone knows how important the Indianapolis 500 Race is to people all over the world. Since its beginnings in 1909, the race has annually presented fans with opportunities to celebrate. In fact, during the weeks leading up to the race, the city prepares for the crowds of people that flock to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, infield, and “Snake Pit” for musical performances, camping, the race itself, and drinking. Unfortunately, for many of those who attend the race, too much celebrating has led to cases for Public Intoxication.
Until recently, it was illegal to be in a public place in a state of intoxication. That law was changed to require that a person to be in a public place in a state of intoxication caused by the person’s use of alcohol if the person endangered their own life or the life of another; breached the peace; or harassed, annoyed, or alarmed another person. However, the last part of this section of the Indiana Code was held unconstitutional due to its vagueness. More specifically, the statute failed to provide notice enabling ordinary people to understand the conduct that it prohibited and authorized arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.
This change in the Code will likely lead to a decrease in the number of arrests at the Indianapolis 500 Race because the statute now requires that a person do something more than be annoying to be ticketed or arrested. Instead, in order for someone to pick up a case for Public Intoxication at the Motor Speedway, they must have endangered the life of a person or breached the peace in some way.
What Should I Do After an Arrest at the Indy 500?
People come from all over the country to see the Indy 500. Whether you’re one of our visitors or you’re a local – you need to be careful and pay attention to your surroundings this weekend.
Getting arrested at the Indy 500 can happen to anybody – but it’s not something you should take lightly.
Common arrests on Indy 500 weekend include:
- Public Intoxication
- Disorderly Conduct
- Marijuana Charges
- Other Drug Charges
Police are also on the lookout for speeders and other traffic violators, and if you’re from out of state it can be especially important to find a traffic ticket lawyer.
Finding Legal Help
After you get arrested and make bail, you’ll want to find a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Even if you’re simply cited and released, that often constitutes an arrest – and a lawyer will be needed to help fight the charges.
The team at Eskew Law is experienced, dedicated, and local. We have a track record of successfully navigating the criminal courts for our clients.
If you’re charged with a crime in Indiana, please call us or reach out online today.