Halloween is a frightening night, but the night can become even scarier if you end up in handcuffs. There will be extra police presence on the roads tonight in hopes of catching speeders, distracted drivers and drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so be sure to make good decisions. Today, we share five tips for avoiding an arrest on Halloween night.
Arrested On Halloween
Here’s a look at five tips for avoiding an arrest on Halloween, and what you should do if you find yourself in a stick situation.
1. Don’t Drink and Drive – Although Halloween falls on a Monday, there will still be plenty of people who want to ring in the holiday tonight with some spirits – and not the costumed kind. If you’re going out to a Halloween party or just heading over to a friend’s house to watch some scary movies, do not get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Make sure you have a sober driver, because not only will kids be running around the streets and sidewalks, but police will be conducting extra enforcement looking for inebriated drivers.
2. Watch Your Speed – Halloween is one of the few holidays that will actually work against you if you get pulled over tonight. If you get pulled over for speeding on Christmas Eve, a cop is more likely to give you a warning than on a normal day, but Halloween is the opposite. Since there are hundreds of kids roaming your neighborhood looking for sweet treats, an officer will have no qualms about issuing you a ticket tonight, even if you’re only going a couple miles over the speed limit.
3. Avoid Sticky Situations – This is easier said than done for juveniles who want to hang out with their friends tonight but also face peer pressure to toilet paper a house or go Ding Dong Ditching. If you suspect that meeting up with a certain group could lead to a compromising situation, avoid it. For parents, don’t be afraid to offer your house as a location for your child’s friends to hang out. If they have nowhere to go, they can get up to no good more easily. However….
4. Host Liability Laws – If you are going to let your child’s friends hang out on Halloween, do not provide them with alcohol. You may think you’re doing the right thing because at least you can supervise their drinking, but doing so makes you responsible for any future actions the teens may make while under the influence. You can take their keys, but all it takes is for someone else with a car to show up after you’ve gone to bed to cause a whole bunch of trouble. If a teen under your supervision earns a DUI, you can face even stiffer penalties, so don’t provide your underage guests with alcohol.
5. Call An Attorney – In the event that something goes wrong and you end up in handcuffs, make sure your first phone call is to a criminal defense attorney. We can help get you out of jail that night so you can get home and get back on with your life. Spending time in jail can cost you your job and have a serious impact on your family, so call us if you end up in trouble. (952) 224-2277. We’ll answer our phone throughout the night, so no matter when you get your first call, don’t hesitate to call Appelman Law Firm, because we’ll answer.