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Holiday season tends to bring out the best, and worst, in people.  Energy is high and celebrations abound, causing an increase in activity, drinking and, quite often, crime.  You don’t want to ruin the fun with an arrest.  By avoiding the most common causes of holiday arrests, you can stay out of jail and have a happy holiday with your family and friends.

If it is too late, and you ‘ve been involved in a crime this holiday, our Miami criminal defense attorneys at Mitchell & West LLC can help. We handle a vast array of cases, including theft, drug possession and DUI, so you can rest assured you will be in good hands. 

Call our offices today: (305) 783-3301

4 Common Holiday Crime Spikes

Common causes for arrest during the holidays are:

  1. DUI: Driving under the influence is one of the most common causes for arrest during the holidays. People are celebrating at work events, family parties and friendly get-togethers, and where there is a party, there is usually alcohol. If you can plan ahead and schedule a taxi or other ride to and from the event, you can avoid all worry about a DUI. If you know you will be drinking, select a sober driver for the event, and maybe take turns with your friends and family so everyone gets home safely.  No amount of partying is worth risking your life or the lives of others by getting behind the wheel.
  2. Drug Possession: As people come into town for the holidays, they might not be aware of Florida drug laws. Or they may be risking certain rights by thinking they can get away with drug possession. In either case, if a person is arrested for drug possession, it is critical to retain an experienced and aggressive lawyer from our firm as quickly as possible. Because of Florida’s geographical location, drug trafficking is a major issue in our cities and drug possession is not taken lightly. It’s not worth risking your freedom this holiday to get caught with drugs. 
  3. Domestic Battery: Holidays can be stressful.  Busy schedules, alcohol, and an increase in family demands can lead to domestic disputes, and even violence.  Whether alcohol at a gathering incited an argument or depression due to the holiday stress made a person lash out, domestic battery is no small crime.  Avoiding domestic disputes may be as simple as taking time to get outside and take a walk, separating family members whose attitudes clash or limiting the amount of alcohol you serve at a family event. 
  4. Burglary: There are several reasons why burglary increases around the holidays. People are out of town, homes are filled with gifts and, sometimes, families of the less fortunate or people who see no hope can consider theft as a means to an end. Burglary of a home, car or even store, can result in jail time and a monetary fee if a conviction is made.  If you or someone you know has been involved in a crime of theft, don’t wait.  Secure a criminal defense lawyer from Mitchell &West LLC now.

Limiting Holiday Stress

Crime is quite often the result of stress caused by family conflicts, the implied need for money and monetary displays of care, obligations at work or home or the impending new year.  By reducing stress, and taking steps for self-care, you may be able to lower your risk for careless behavior. Taking time during the holidays to meditate, going to a spiritual ceremony, exercising, spending quality time instead of money and getting adequate sleep are all crucial in making healthy choices.  Don’t let the holidays push you over the edge.  Take care of yourself so you and your family can enjoy the season.

Miami Criminal Defense Attorneys

Avoiding the common mistakes people make during the holidays is a great way to enjoy the freedom and fun the holiday season affords.  Unfortunately, everyone makes mistakes. If you have been arrested, our team of criminal defense lawyers can help.  Our award-winning trial lawyers take a comprehensive approach to every trial we face, no matter how big or small.  Don’t face this alone, trust us with your case so you can enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Contact our firm today to discuss your case and learn how we can help. Call (305) 783-3301 to speak with a member of our team. We speak English and Spanish.

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