With Fourth of July weekend just around the corner, people throughout Orange
County are gearing up for a fun-filled weekend. For many, plans for Independence
Day festivities will include alcohol. Because law enforcement officers
are aware that holiday weekends are busy times for DUI and other crimes,
many become overzealous in their mission to protect individuals. You should
expect an increased police presence around Orange County and the surrounding
areas this weekend.
Arrests tend to spike during holiday weekends for the following crimes:
DUI. Many cities and counties throughout the country ramp up their
DUI enforcement efforts around holiday weekends, especially the long Fourth
of July weekend. Since many people’s weekend plans include alcohol,
DUI is one of the most common offenses.
Public intoxication. Also called being “drunk and disorderly,” public intoxication
is a charge alleging that a person is visibly drunk or under the influence
of drugs in public. This is a misdemeanor crime.
Fireworks law violations. Despite the fact that many people purchase and set off fireworks around
the Fourth of July, most types of fireworks are illegal in California.
Anyone who is caught selling prohibited fireworks, furnishing fireworks
to a minor, or selling permitted fireworks outside of the permissible
sales dates could be charged with a misdemeanor crime.
Vandalism. Vandalism involves the deliberate damage to or destruction of private
or public property. Examples of vandalism include graffiti, broken windows,
arson, or damage to another person’s vehicle.
Assault is a physical attack on another person, and can include rape, kidnapping,
hitting, or using a weapon against another person. Assaulting another
person is a serious offense that could result in expensive fines and incarceration.
Juvenile crimes. Underage drinking, underage DUI, vandalism, and just about every other
crime is very serious for a minor. If your child is accused of a
juvenile crime this weekend, you should immediately seek legal help.
We hope you don’t have to call us this weekend, but if you find yourself
facing criminal charges, know that our team is ready to help you. Whether
you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, you have too much to lose
to risk a conviction. Our award-winning team has been in practice for
more than 25 years, and can handle the full range of criminal cases. You
can trust in us to handle your case with all of the professionalism it deserves.
To get in touch with an Orange County criminal defense lawyer at the Law
Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., please call (866) 902-6880.