Holidays are the Most Dangerous Time of the Year

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The Holidays are not normally the natural thought for the “most dangerous time of the year.”

The holiday season supposedly brings tidings of joy and good cheer. But, according to crime trends and annual police reports, the holidays also bring an increase in domestic violence, alcohol crimes, and gun offenses. If you’ve been accused of a crime during the holiday season, you don’t have to rely on Santa to bring you a good criminal defense lawyer- the lawyers at the Kavinoky Law Firm have you covered.

While it’s unknown exactly why crime increases during the holiday season, it’s safe to assume the stress of the holidays help expedite the transformation of rage into violence and that the festivities of the season encourage alcohol consumption, often irresponsibly.

Domestic Violence

Though domestic violence tends to increase during the holidays, the National Domestic Violence Hotline states that calls to the hotline actually drop dramatically on major holidays. The reason? Many women will choose to deal with the violence temporarily so their children don’t have to spend the holidays in a shelter. While drugs and alcohol may play into the upsurge of domestic violence during the holidays, simply being “forced” to spend more time together seems to be strongest spark.


Though ‘celebratory gunfire’ is a custom for some during the holidays, this act is dangerous. It is also illegal, and considered a prosecutable firearms offense charge . The City and County of Los Angeles do not tolerate the practice and are now using “Shotspotter” to find the culprits. Shotspotter delivers the world’s “most powerful, most scalable and most trust gunshot detection solutions…all over the world.” According to the police, those caught face prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

DUI’s During the Holidays

The amount of DUI-related deaths and accidents increase between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year’s weekend. In fact, this part of the holidays is referred to as “DUI Season.”

In an effort to combat drunk-driving-related deaths and injuries during the holidays, law enforcement amps it up. Agencies nationwide increase their patrols and execute DUI checkpoints. Companies like AAA encourage drivers to utilize Tipsy Tow. This is a great service which offers free rides and a vehicle tow up to seven miles to drivers. If you are intoxicated or under the influence on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, call Tipsy Tow. You can ask for a ride and a tow by calling 1-800-400-4222.

If you are facing a driving under the influence charge, you need a lawyer. Perhaps you acted a bit trigger happy on New Year’s Eve and have a weapons charge, you need a lawyer.  Also, if you’re looking an a domestic violence charge, you need a lawyer. For all of these things, a criminal defense lawyer is the very best person for your case. Your attorney will help you every step of the way.

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Brianna Wilkins
Brianna Wilkins