Brawl at New Jersey Strip Club Results in Multiple Injuries
Fights and a Hit-and-Run Occur at Strip Club with a Liquor License in Linden, NJ
This past weekend, a fight occurred near a Linden Strip Club called “Cheeques”. This “brawl” involved an alleged “hit-and-run” and left two pedestrians in critical condition. The incident occurred after close at around 3:00 a.m. The matter is still under criminal investigation and it is unclear if State Investigators from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control will file charges against the strip club for violation of New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws.
Can the Club Face Investigation for ABC Violations?
Possibly. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:2-23.6(a)2, “no licensee shall engage in or allow, permit or suffer on or about the licensed premises any brawl, act of violence or unnecessary noise.”
The language is clear to specify that these violent acts or brawls do not need to occur on your actual licensed premises. Rather, the phrase “on or about” subjects you to possible suspension for a fight that may have occurred in your parking lot or across the street, depending on the circumstances.
Based on the information we know, a fight clearly took place. However, it is unclear exactly where the event occurred or if the individuals involved were patrons of the strip club that night.
What are the ABC Penalties for Fights?
Under the ABC Penalty Schedule, N.J.A.C. 13:2-19.11, the presumptive penalty for charges under N.J.A.C. 13:2-23.6(a)(2) are as follows:
- 1st Offense – 30-day Suspension
- 2nd Offense – 60-day Suspension
- 3rd Offense – 90-day Suspension
- 4th Offense – Revocation