The holidays are not a happy time for everyone. Instead of focusing on baking cookies or shopping for presents, some people might find themselves arrested and facing criminal charges. An arrest can derail your holiday season – and your life for years to come if you do not have the right assistance for your criminal case.
There are several crimes that tend to increase during the winter holidays, and while our legal team hopes that you are free from legal troubles, we are ready to defend the rights of anyone accused of a crime in Texas.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Many people celebrate the holidays with a few festive cocktails, spiked eggnog, champagne, or other alcoholic beverages. While this can certainly be done responsibly, some people make the decision to drink and drive, which can lead to an arrest and DWI charges.
Law enforcement officers know that more people drink and drive during this season, so they are out in full force, ready to pull anyone over who they suspect is impaired. This often leads to overzealous policing, unjustified traffic stops, and wrongful arrests. If you are arrested for DWI, your first call should be to a criminal defense attorney.
Many households spend extra money during the holidays on gifts, food, decorations, and more. There are others who take this as an opportunity to engage in a variety of theft crimes instead of obtaining goods or money in compliance with the law. Some theft-related crimes during the holidays might include:
- Shoplifting, which involves taking items from a retail establishment or otherwise not paying full value for items.
- Fraud, which can involve identity theft, credit card fraud, check fraud, forgery, or other similar crimes that seek to obtain money or benefits unlawfully.
- Burglary, which does not always involve theft, but often does during the holidays. Burglaries also increase because many people have presents under the tree that might be valuable or might be traveling, leaving their homes vulnerable.
Stress can increase during the holidays, and some arguments might escalate to violence – or possibly false accusations of violence. Domestic assault can involve many types of conduct, and harm does not have to result for an arrest to be made and charges to be issued. Domestic assault charges are very serious matters, and the consequences can last for years to come.
You Want a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer On Your Side
Some people are arrested after committing crimes, while others face false accusations. In either situation, you want to mount the strongest possible defense against your charges to avoid a conviction and penalties whenever possible. The above offenses can be either misdemeanor or felony charges, but you want trusted legal assistance for either type of charge. Even a misdemeanor can impact your life in many ways.
Reach out to the law firm of J. Michael Price if you need criminal defense help in Texas. Contact us for a consultation as soon as possible.