Halloween is nearly here, and kids and adults alike throughout Florida are getting ready for the festivities. While Halloween is a night for fun and enjoyment, some young people unfortunately find themselves in trouble, whether they were in the wrong place at the wrong time or if things just got out of hand. Evidence is mixed on whether criminal activity significantly increases on Halloween, but every year there are reports of fights, underage drinking, DUI, vandalism, and more.
The following crimes are common among juveniles at Halloween:
- Possession or sale of drugs
- Sexual assault
- Gang-related activity
- Solicitation of alcohol
- Distributing alcohol to minors
- Possession of a fake ID
The consequences of a juvenile offense can stay with the offender even after they turn 21, which is why it is imperative to get an experienced criminal defense attorney involved in these matters. A criminal conviction may transfer to the juvenile’s adult criminal record, making it difficult for them to apply for college, find a place to live, find a job, qualify for loans, and more. Drunk driving offenses could also result in a loss of driving privileges, hefty fines, and a spike in insurance premiums, among other potential penalties.
If your son or daughter is accused of a crime, do not delay in contacting a West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer at Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. When your child’s future is at stake, you can trust in our team to vigorously defend their rights, freedom, and reputation. Recognized for our ability to tackle even the toughest cases, we have taken hundreds of criminal cases to trial in both state and federal courts. Whether your child is facing a Halloween DUI or is accused of another misdemeanor or felony offense, our team is prepared to build a customized defense with their unique needs in mind.
To speak with a lawyer during a confidential consultation, please call (561) 349-4856.