Arrests Increase During the Holiday Season

Arrests Increase During the Holiday Season

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December 10, 2019
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While the winter holidays should be a time for celebration, many people have their holiday season disrupted by an arrest. Law enforcement agencies know that certain crimes are more common during this season, and they are on the lookout each year for possible offenders. In many cases, police officers might be too eager and can make wrongful arrests, which then might lead to wrongful criminal charges. No matter what offense you are accused of, you should contact a Flint criminal defense attorney right away if you are arrested.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

With the holidays come parties and gatherings, which often means that people will have some alcoholic beverages. While it can be festive to sip some eggnog or champagne, some people decide to try to drive home after drinking too much. Police officers increase DUI enforcement efforts during the holidays, which can include sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. This can lead to an increased number of arrests on suspicion of DUI.

Shoplifting

Retail stores often incur increased losses during the holidays from shoplifting and related theft offenses. Some people may think it is easier to shoplift with all the hustle and bustle in stores, or they may be looking for a way to give gifts when they cannot afford them. In either situation, stores will be on close watch for possible shoplifters, and they may wrongfully accuse certain patrons of shoplifting, which can lead to an arrest.

Burglary

During the holidays, many people have gifts and additional items of value in their homes that tempt potential burglars. In addition, many people travel for the holidays, leaving their homes empty and vulnerable. Neighborhoods are often on high alert for break-ins, and more people face charges for burglary and related offenses during the end of the year. 

Domestic Assault

Emotions can run high during the holidays, and not always in a positive way. Spousal and family conflicts are common during this time of year, and some conflicts might escalate to domestic assault. When police are called to a domestic disturbance, they often arrest at least one party involved. Domestic assault charges might also lead to a case regarding a restraining order in some situations.

Defending against Your Charges

No matter why an arrest occurs, you face serious penalties if you are convicted of criminal charges. Even seemingly minor offenses can affect your life, and possible penalties include:

  • Probation
  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Restitution
  • Loss of your driver’s license 

Having a criminal record can also impact your career and personal life for years to come. Always take every arrest and criminal charge extremely seriously, and make sure you seek the defense representation you need to fight your charges and avoid a conviction whenever you can.

After an Arrest, Immediately Call a Flint Criminal Defense Lawyer

At Nickola Law, our criminal defense attorneys in Flint are ready to assist clients after an arrest, especially during the holidays. Contact us as soon as possible if you are arrested and learn about how we can help in your case. 

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