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Criminal Charges on Halloween

Halloween 2016 is just days away now and while many of us are preparing to celebrate with costumes, get-togethers, and trick-or-treating with our families, law enforcement agencies are preparing for something else: more arrests. Below, let's take a look some of the most common arrests that increase on Halloween and why they occur.

Traffic Violations

Law enforcement is particularly vigilant for traffic violations on Halloween, primarily because of the dramatic increase in night foot traffic. Families are trick-or-treating and people are walking to parties (many of them wearing black). Drivers need to be extra cautious Halloween night to avoid speeding, rolling through stop signs, and other infractions.

Drunk Driving (DWI)

Just like with other holidays, alcohol consumption increases on Halloween as college students and adults get together to celebrate the holiday. Unfortunately, many of these party-goers also end up back behind the wheel and police patrols will certainly the lookout for these motorists.

Disorderly Persons Offenses

Disorderly persons offenses include minor misdemeanors, many of which are common with young people. Disorderly conduct, lewdness, simple assault, resisting arrest, and minor drug possession charges are all considered disorderly persons offenses. These convictions can result in up to $1,000 in fines and/or up to six months in jail.

Sexual Assault

With all of the drinking and partying that comes with holidays like Halloween, there is also often an unfortunate rise in sexual assault charges. If you have been accused of sexual assault, it is advised you seek legal counsel immediately. These are serious charges that could lead to significant prison time if not properly assessed and scrutinized by the court.

If you have been accused of a crime, then the time to speak with legal counsel is now. At Alan M. Liebowitz, Esq., LLC, their Englewood criminal defense attorney has more than 25 years of experience in criminal defense matters. Attorney Liebowitz is ready to assess the details of your case and aggressively pursue every avenue towards a reduction or dismissal on your behalf.

Get a powerful advocate in your corner following your arrest. Contact the firm at (201) 340-9338 today.