Criminal Defense Never Takes a Holiday
Many people take vacation in December, which would seem to lower stress levels, but with financial obligations, busy schedules and family issues, holidays can be extremely overwhelming.
If a loved one is arrested during the holiday season, they may be sitting in a holding cell for 48 to 72 hours before they go in front of a judge for arraignment. Courts are closed on major holidays (including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) so an arrest during this time, may cause a longer time in jail than usual.
The holidays season includes parties, happy hours and social gatherings. Be responsible and designate a driver that evening that is not drinking or have Uber or Lyft drive you around town. If you are driving keep your car in good condition. Broken tail lights or other defects on your car give police officers an opportunity to pull you over and question you.
Retail stores of all sizes will frequently increase their security and loss-prevention measures during holiday weekends, as there is no doubt they will see increased traffic in the store. Even a misdemeanor shoplifting charge can carry heavy fines and even jail time. If you are accused of shoplifting or retail theft, the most important step is to seek legal counsel quickly.
Sometimes the holiday stress can be overwhelming, and people lash out towards those people they feel closest to. A holiday argument could very well escalate into allegations of domestic violence. When a case of domestic violence is reported to law enforcement, the state will likely press charges even if the alleged victim does not want to pursue criminal charges.
Discuss Your Case and Defense with a Collin County Criminal Defense Attorney
While we hope you never have to contact our office, it is important to have our phone number in your cell phone just in case. Just like your insurance agent you want to have a plan of who to call when you need assistance. If you or a loved one is arrested, Rosenthal Barbieri is available to assist you 24 hours a day, including holidays ~ (972) 369-0577.