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Trick or Treat: Crime on Halloween

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The Halloween holiday focuses on all things dark and spooky. While most people celebrate with candy, costumes, and trick-or-treating, others find themselves getting into more serious trouble on this holiday. Let’s discuss some of the most common criminal offenses that occur over the Halloween holiday weekend so you can know what the police will be looking out for.

Property Crimes

Are you surprised to find out that property crimes are one of the most common, if not the most common, type of offenses that occur over Halloween?

This includes actions like:

  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism
  • Theft
  • Burglary

This may occur because people are out later, houses are opened up to trick-or treaters, or because alcohol is involved in decision-making. In any case, Halloween is one of the biggest nights of the year for property and theft offenses.

Driving While Intoxicated

Another crime that commonly occurs on Halloween is DWI. While kids focus on candy, many adults are having alcoholic beverages on this night. This year, Halloween is on a Monday. This may make people more likely to drive after drinking so they can have their car for work the next morning. However, this is not worth it. Either plan to stay sober and able to drive, or call an Uber for a ride. DWI charges can result in serious penalties and it isn’t worth the risk.

Drug Offenses

Adults may also be partaking in drug use on Halloween. This could result in drug possession and paraphernalia charges. Adults may also be charged with DWI if they drive while under the influence of drugs even if they have not drunk alcohol.

Criminal Defense in Austin

Halloween is the favorite holiday of many people. While people anticipate the fun, it’s also important to anticipate how the night’s events can go awry. If you are accused of committing a crime this Halloween weekend, contact us at Smith & Vinson Law Firm. We can help create a strong defense to fight your charges and ultimately reach the best possible outcome.

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