Many cities and towns in Upstate NY have various statutes or ordinances against loitering. Most of these where brought into effect to control aggressive begging, soliciting prostitution, drug dealing, blocking entries to stores, public drunkenness or being a public nuisance. Sometimes, however, an officer can wrongfully charge someone for reasons other than the above.
Under these type of laws, the police can arrest someone who refuses to “move along.”
These laws are sometimes the subject of controversy by critics who claim they are used to target disfavored groups in violation of their constitutional rights. If you have been charged with loitering, contact us and we can help. Call us at 518-283-1245