Authorities Brace for Crime During Halloween
While Halloween can be a great time for trick-or-treating, costume parties, and other festivities, it is also a time when the crime rate tends to rise. Whether this is due to young mischief, lapses in judgment, or more serious offenses is not always clear. What is clear, however, is that law enforcement will be on the lookout for common crimes committed during this time of year, and that individuals who are arrested and charged could face some serious consequences.
In Reno and throughout the country, statistics show certain crimes – including those involving property and crimes involving drugs or alcohol – tend to increase during Halloween. Crime increases are common during holidays, and police are well aware of the need for more officers during this time.
This year, local authorities will be on the lookout for the following types of crimes that commonly take place during Halloween:
- Drunk Driving – Statistics make it clear that Halloween and the weekend preceding the holiday can see a considerable spike in alcohol-related auto accidents and arrests. Many people choose to celebrate by dressing up for costume parties and having a few drinks. However, law enforcement officers are well aware that more impaired drivers hit the road this time of year, and are focused on arresting motorists for DUI.
- Property Crime and theft – Burglary and theft crimes are common on Halloween, with many involving home burglaries, auto burglaries, and petty theft. Burglary and other theft crimes are serious offenses, and they can result in long-term penalties.
- Vandalism – Vandalism can quickly become a serious crime when it damages property. These offenses are commonly committed by juveniles, and they can escalate to serious crimes when the value of damaged property increases.
- Juvenile crimes – Halloween can certainly be a night of mischief for underage individuals. Common crimes involving minors include underage drinking, DUI, drug possession, theft, and vandalism. Parents of children facing vandalism charges should be intent on securing experienced legal representation.
At Joey Gilbert Law, our Reno criminal defense lawyers are available 24/7 to help individuals charged with all types of crimes. If you or someone you love are charged with a crime this Halloween weekend, waste no time in speaking with an attorney from our firm during a FREE consultation. Our legal team can help you better understand your legal rights and what we can do to secure the best possible resolution.
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