So, you were arrested at the Phish concert outside New York’s Madison Square Garden after NYPD police officers grabbed you with a balloon allegedly filled with nitrous oxide. Maybe you did not even have a balloon in your hand, but were simply next to the nitrous tank when the police handcuffed and placed you under arrested. Though you may have “lucked out” and received a Desk Appearance Ticket or DAT instead of spending the night and early morning in Manhattan’s Central Booking, either of which is a far lousier option than getting lost in “Tweezer” or “You Enjoy Myself” at MSG, now you find yourself in another arena – the criminal justice system. So, with DAT in one hand and a wasted concert ticket in the other, the question remains: what are the crimes of Public Health Law 3380, Inhalation of Certain Toxic Vapers or Fumes, and Penal Law 270.05, Unlawfully Possessing or Selling Noxious Material, and since when did the NYPD start arresting concertgoers for these crimes?!
The following blog entry can’t tell you why the NYPD changed its tune to start enforcing these laws, but will break down the crimes of PHL 3380 and NY PL 270.05, their elements, the penalties, and some defenses, to these crimes.