Watch Out for Extra Police Patrols Around the HolidaysDecember 13, 2016
The holidays should be a time for fun and cheer with family and other loved ones. Unfortunately, many people find themselves sitting in a jail cell during the holiday season. Nothing will put a damper on your holiday like an arrest or criminal charge, so you should be mindful of the increased police presence in Philadelphia during the holidays. Law enforcement officers ramp up efforts to enforce certain criminal laws in Pennsylvania during this time.
Increased DUI Enforcement
Drunk driving increases during the winter holiday season and as a result, this time of year is considered to be one of the most dangerous times to be driving on the roads. While you should always be on the lookout for other drunk drivers to avoid accidents, you should also know that police out searching for drunk drivers. Sometimes, if you make a slight mistake on the road or even hesitate, an officer may assume that you are intoxicated and pull you over. Then, if you are tired, nervous, or not feeling well, an officer may determine that you have been drinking and may place you under arrest and you can be charged with driving under the influence. In this situation, you need a highly experienced DUI defense attorney to help you fight against the wrongful allegations.
On the other hand, if you do decide to drive after drinking, you should know that there may be saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and increased patrol force, so there is a greater chance that you will be arrested. If you are arrested, an experienced DUI defense lawyer can help present any applicable defenses and can negotiate a favorable plea bargain in your case, if appropriate.
Theft and Retail Theft
Another crime that tends to increase around the holidays is theft and retail theft. Many people may not have enough money to provide a nice holiday for their families and may try to steal gifts or other items. Others may have different motives for theft crimes. You can be certain that stores will have increased security and that police will be ready to arrest those accused of shoplifting or stealing from another person. In this high-stress season, store employees may mistake someone as being suspicious and it may end up in a false arrest. No matter what the circumstances may be, any arrest on suspicion of theft should be taken seriously and you should immediately contact a lawyer with experience defending against this type of charge.
While many families happily gather to celebrate together, others do not have as enjoyable of an experience. Family tensions can run high over the holidays and in some households, may escalate to domestic violence or accusations. If you add alcohol into the mix, the chances of possible altercations increase even further. Police know that domestic crimes can increase this time of year and are prepared to make house calls and arrest anyone who is accused of domestic violence. A conviction for domestic crimes can have long-lasting consequences, including jail time, fines, orders of protection issued against you, and a mark on your criminal record that can affect your future employment opportunities.
Find Out How a Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You
At The Zeiger Firm, we hope that everyone in the Philadelphia area has a safe holiday season, free from interaction with law enforcement. But in the event that you or someone you know is arrested, your first call should be to the experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Zeiger Firm. We can help you from the moment of your arrest and with questioning by police. We will defend your rights throughout your entire criminal case. Please contact us today at (215) 546-0340 for more information about how we can help.