In late July Nicole Polizzi, better known as ‘Snooki’ on MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” was arrested in the New Jersey beach town of Seaside Heights and was ultimately charged on Wednesday, August 18 with disorderly conduct, public nuisance, and…annoying people.
The self-proclaimed ‘guidette’ was reportedly drinking tequila since noon that July day and drunkenly made her way to the beach. After fellow beachgoers complained to the police that Polizzi was bothering them, she was arrested at 3:30 p.m. and taken into custody.While annoying people may not be a charge in Minnesota, disorderly conduct sure is. Polizzi was reportedly disturbing other beachgoers in a public setting which, under Minnesota disorderly conduct statute 609.72, is a misdemeanor. Any person who “engages in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy conduct or in offensive, obscene, or abusive language tending reasonably to arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others” is guilty of this crime.
Polizzi pled not guilty to all three charges. Her attorney, Raymond Raya, declined to make a comment to the media regarding the case. Polizzi faces up to $2,000 in fines if convicted of these crimes. Her trial is scheduled for September 8.
Polizzi’s punishment will likely depend on the explicit nature of her actions and her overall intent regarding the situation. While New Jersey criminal code 2C:33-2 does not specifically state that public drunkeness constitutes disorderly conduct, there is an implicit understanding that with public drunkeness, comes public inconvenience.
Seaside Heights’ Borough Administrator, John Camera, mentioned that Polizzi’s arrest was the first in connection with the show this summer. Luckily for reality television junkies, summer on the Jersey Shore doesn’t end until Labor Day.