The holiday season is upon us, and while that hopefully means joy and happiness for many, it unfortunately also leads to a rise in certain kinds of arrests. Both due to more common behaviors this time of year and perhaps a bit less attention paid to being careful than we’d normally use, there are a few arrest types that legal offices, local jail precincts and bail bond officers will see more commonly during the holidays.
At Beehive Bail Bonds, we’re happy to offer 24-hour bail bond services for clients charged with a variety of crimes or their families – including during the holiday season, even if things get a bit busier than normal in certain jails this time of year. What are some of the crimes that go up in frequency during this season, and what can anyone arrested – or their families – do to secure a quick release through a bail bond? This two-part blog series will begin with common holiday crimes, then get into these other details as well.
The holiday season brings a major increase in the number of people out shopping, but unfortunately is also accompanied by a significant rise in theft, shoplifting and related incidents. Those committing these crimes generally fall into two categories: Those who cannot afford certain gifts or items and are tempted to steal them from stores or even neighboring porches so their families have gifts, and those who are simply using the time of year to try and capitalize on devious intentions.
In either case, however, such theft is illegal and will often result in immediate incarceration. This is especially true if the theft qualifies as a felony, or if the person accused of the crime also has a significant criminal history.
Another area that sees big increases during the holidays: Consumption of alcoholic beverages, which also sadly has a negative side. On the slightly less harmful side, many departments see a rise in public intoxication arrests – these luckily usually aren’t too dangerous, and won’t even always result in incarceration.
Far more harmful and common, however, are DUI and DWI arrests, which are serious and almost certainly will result in incarceration. We strongly encourage any of our readers to be extremely careful with their alcohol consumption over the holidays, and to never drive a vehicle in the aftermath of drinking even small amounts.
Unfortunately, due to more time spent at home and, for many families, greater amounts of stress surrounding finances and other factors, domestic violence also increases during the holiday season. This is a serious offense that carries potential major punishments and will almost certainly result in the accused being jailed.
For more on holiday arrests and how to obtain a bail bond if you’re incarcerated this time of year, or to learn about any of our bail bond services or location areas, speak to the staff at Beehive Bail Bonds today.