Committed a Crime During the Holidays? You Better Watch Out!
With Christmas only days away and New Year’s right around the corner, everyone is feeling the stress of the holidays. From getting your loved one the perfect gift to the inconvenience of traveling to your grandmother’s house to planning the last part of the year, we’re all feeling the strain. The last thing we want to think about now is getting arrested.
Unfortunately, crime does not take a holiday. Not only does shoplifting increase during this time of the year, but so do other types of theft. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, there is an increase of two types of crimes in December — robbery and personal larceny, aka taking another person’s property.
These stats make sense. We’ve all seen the videos on social media of thieves stealing packages straight off their neighbor’s property. But with tensions running high, a simple misunderstanding can turn into a criminal charge. And no one wants that during this time of the year.
Here are some examples of common holiday crimes and the consequences surrounding them.
Robbery and Theft
Maybe you left the store without paying for an item by accident. Or perhaps you wanted that TV but didn’t have the money to pay for it. No matter what the case is, you need to be aware that stores across our state have extra security during this time of year and that means shoppers are under surveillance at all times. Even shoplifting a small item can result in hefty fines and possible jail time.
The same goes with stealing a neighbor’s package. Depending on how much the item was that you took, you could be facing an indictable crimes offense with up to 10 years in prison plus fines of up to $15,000.
The holidays put a lot of stress on people, which could lead to a violent exchange with your significant other. It’s best to keep your temper in check. Get out of the house and cool off before you do something you regret later.
But if you are charged with a domestic violence incident, you could be facing anywhere from 18 months to 20 years in prison plus fines. In addition, you will no longer be able to possess a weapon, live in your own home, or even see your children again.
Holiday parties are a lot of fun, but you better be careful of your alcohol intake! Especially if you’re planning to drive home right after the party. We discussed what you could be facing if you get into a drunk driving accident in an earlier blog. But if you are facing a DUI without causing an accident, you will still face huge fines, an ignition interlock system, and a suspended license.
Facing Criminal Charges in the New Year? Let Us Help!
No one wants the gift of a criminal charge for Christmas. But if you are facing criminal charges in Jersey City, Newark, Elizabeth, or anywhere in New Jersey, you’re going to need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you with your situation.