Top 5 Reasons DuPage County Residents Get Arrested on Valentine's Day
Getting arrested is not very romantic, and jail is not a pleasant place to spend Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, crime tends to spike on Valentine’s Day - which is true of most holidays. Between Valentine’s Day and Superbowl Sunday, the local jails may be quite crowded. Some crimes are more common than others on this holiday for sweethearts. From drunk driving to domestic violence, increased alcohol consumption often plays a role in holiday arrests.
If you find yourself charged with a crime this Valentine’s Day, it is important that you take your case seriously, even if it seems like a rather minor charge. Any kind of a criminal record can get you passed over for jobs or even housing. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as you know that you have been charged with a crime.
What Crimes Are Most Common on Valentine’s Day?
Some crimes are more common than others on Valentine’s Day. While the day is supposed to be for happy couples to celebrate, some not-so-happy couples or singles end up celebrating in jail. Common reasons people get arrested on Valentine’s Day include:
Domestic violence - Not all couples get along on this holiday. Especially when drugs or alcohol are involved, violence against a romantic partner (or former romantic partner) can occur.
DUI - Enjoying a bottle of champagne or wine with a romantic partner is something of a Valentine’s Day tradition for many. The problem arises when people do so without ensuring that they have a sober ride home. Car accidents with injuries related to DUI are not uncommon, resulting in enhanced charges.
Theft - The pressure to give gifts that will impress a significant other can be quite high, particularly on men. This can lead some to resort to shoplifting. Commonly stolen items include stuffed animals, lingerie, perfume, and scented candles.
Vandalism - People–particularly teenagers and young adults–who have been romantically rejected may exact “revenge” on their crush by defacing or destroying property. This often involves a can of spray paint. Unfortunately, those who are caught may find themselves facing charges.
Drug possession - Certain couples or even friend groups may find the idea of celebrating the holiday by experimenting with illicit substances appealing. Drugs like MDMA or ecstasy are common choices, as are some hallucinogens like LSD and psilocybin (magic mushrooms).
If you find yourself charged with a crime after your Valentine’s Day celebration goes awry, it is important that you get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible.
Call a DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorney
If your Valentine’s Day festivities ended in an arrest, Davi Law Group, LLC can help. Our experienced Wheaton criminal defense lawyers are prepared to represent those charged with nearly any crime, from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. Call 630-580-6373 for a free consultation.