Halloween is nearly here and many people are gearing up for a night of festive fun. Whether handing out candy, dressing up in costume, or attending parties, there is something for everyone! As much fun as Halloween can be, though, it is also a night where many juveniles will break the law. Halloween night is known for mischief, and every year there are reports of fights, vandalized property, and alcohol-related accidents.
The following crimes are common among juveniles at Halloween:
- Underage drinking
- Solicitation of alcohol
- Sexual assault
Underage Drinking and DUI
Since Halloween is on a Saturday this year, people will have the freedom to attend parties that extend late into the night without having to worry about work the next morning. Some of these partygoers will be minors, and unfortunately, many will illegally consume alcohol.
Underage drinkers not only break the law by drinking alcohol, but can risk a DUI arrest if they choose to get behind the wheel. Drunk drivers could injure or kill pedestrians, passengers in their vehicle, or other drivers and their passengers. Criminal DUI convictions could follow a juvenile long into their adult years.
How Can Juvenile Crimes Affect Your Life?
Depending on the severity of the crime, a mistake made as a minor could have far-reaching repercussions on their future. More serious crimes, like sexual assault or vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, could mar a person’s record and make it more difficult for them to apply for college, obtain loans, find decent employment, or find a place to live. Additionally, DUI-related crimes can result in an increase in insurance premiums, expensive fines, and a loss of driving privileges.
Protect Your Child’s Rights: Contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney
The Phoenix juvenile crime lawyers at Knowles Law Firm, PLC have decades of experience protecting the rights of juveniles who have been charged with a crime. Attorney Knowles is a former Arizona police officer who is well versed in the intricacies of Arizona law. This experience allows him unique insight into each case he handles, allowing him to more effectively and strategically represent his clients. Our caring team understands what is at stake with juvenile cases, and are prepared to do everything possible to help protect your child’s best interests.
Don’t let a juvenile crime ruin your child’s future. Contact Knowles Law Firm, PLC today to set up your free case evaluation.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!