The Most Wonderful Time…For Holiday Crime?
The holiday season brings with it great joy, but also great stress. We all face a lot of pressure from society and ourselves to give our loved ones the best holiday we can. Unfortunately, this leads some of us down a darker path. Theft, DUI, and domestic violence tend to increase around the holidays. These holiday crimes may seem like no big deal--after all, everyone overindulges during the holidays, and everyone bends the rules a little to make their loved ones' holiday great. However, the consequences for these crimes can be huge, and they're more difficult to deal with during the holiday season.
He Knows If You've Been Bad Or Good...
The punishment for the crime is based on the value of the property you've stolen or damaged. However, that doesn't mean that it's not a big deal unless you're stealing big ticket items. For theft of property valued less than $1,000, you can face up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1,000. It only gets worse the more valuable the stolen property is. However, if you're a repeat offender with two or more theft convictions under your belt, that misdemeanor is increased to a felony, with the potential fine doubled and potential jail time of up to two years.
DUI arrests spike during the holidays due to increased numbers of partygoers overindulging in holiday cheer. Your first DUI is classed as a misdemeanor and comes with a fine up $300 to $1,000, with jail time ranging from 10 days to 6 months. The minimum jail time rises to 30 days for a second offense, and one year for a third offense.
Domestic violence increases during the holidays due to an increase amount of stress and due to families spending an increased amount of time in the home together. Your very first domestic violence conviction has a minimum sentence of 30 days jail time and a fine of $300 to $1,000 dollars. Additionally, being convicted of domestic violence makes you legally unable to own a firearm in Louisiana.
...So Be Good For Goodness Sake!
The holiday season is just about the worst time to be in jail. Not just because it means you're missing out on making precious memories with your loved ones, but also because it's a lot more difficult to coordinate your release pending trial. People who are arrested during the holiday season spend more time in jail because everyone else is also trying to spend time with their loved ones. Lawyers you'd normally depend on can have reduced office hours, and courts (with reduced holiday hours) are flooded with an increased number of arrests to process, slowing down the time it takes to get the ball rolling.
Additionally, courts normally have a maximum of 72 hours to charge you with a crime. However, holiday hours don't count towards the 72 hours, meaning that you can be stuck in limbo for days longer than expected, forcing you to miss out on valuable time with your loved ones.
Bad Boyz Bail Bonds Is Coming To Town
Don't let holiday crimes ruin your holiday season. If you or a loved one end up in jail this holiday season, Bad Boyz Bail Bonds is here to help. Our experienced bondsmen can help you negotiate a bond for a quick release from jail so that you face minimal interruptions of your festivities. We can help you get the lowest bail possible and offer a variety of payment plans so that breaking out of jail doesn't break your bank. If you have questions or need help, contact us today!