The holiday season means an abundance of things: festivities, family, and gift-giving. All of these things are good in moderation, of course. But, we live in a society of abundance and pressure to create “the perfect” holiday experience, which can lead to overindulgence and unfortunate legal consequences. It is no surprise that year after year, we see an increase in the following cases during the holiday season.
- Driving While Intoxicated.We have all seen the abundance of DWI awareness billboards around the holiday season. They say things like “Plan while you can.” And, they are absolutely right. During the holiday season, DWI enforcement in Texas is increased and magistrate judges are ready and willing to sign search warrants for blood at a moments notice, twenty-four hours a day. The smart move is to get a ride to and from your holiday parties. No doubt an Uber fare is cheaper than a DWI in Texas.
- Family Violence Assault.Let’s be honest: family can drive us nuts, especially during the stressful holiday season. It is no surprise to see an increase in family violence assault arrests during the holidays for this reason. This is especially true since alcohol consumption is often a part of family gatherings, which can lead to impulsive, regrettable decisions. And, if you have a “drunkle” in your family, be very aware of the danger of a family violence accusation. Long story short, holiday season brings on an onslaught of family violence accusations. The best way to avoid this unfortunate accusation is to 1. Avoid troublesome family members, and 2. Minimize alcohol consumption.
- Theft & Shoplifting. The pressure of the holidays can drive good people to do bad things, like steal. For this reason, it is no surprise that we see an increase in theft cases during the holiday season. It is common for people to take advantage of the abundance of package deliveries and steal from porches. Also, it is common for people to shoplift during the holidays, because they cannot pay for gifts for friends and family.
At The Hardy Law Group, PLLC, we hope this holiday season is full of peace and joy. But, if you find that you do need help, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a complimentary consultation.