Common Holiday Arrests

Yes, the holidays are intended for peace, joy, and goodwill to others. Unfortunately, not everyone spends the season this way. Every year, there is a notable spike in criminal activity directly related to the holiday season – most often triggered by holiday festivities, specifically those involving drugs and alcohol. Here we take a closer look at the most common arrests we see between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.   


‘Tis the season for holiday parties. From office parties to family get-togethers and more, there is a major increase in drug and alcohol consumption this time of year.  

All too often, intoxicated party guests get behind the wheel to drive home, endangering his or her own life and the lives of others. Everyone deserves to have some fun, but it should be done responsibly and with a transportation plan in place.   

An arrest for drunk driving can have severe penalties and can stay on your record for a very long time. If you get charged with a DUI this holiday, you’re not alone. Our attorney can help; call our DUI law firm 24/7

Domestic Violence

There are several reasons for the increase in domestic violence over the holiday season. Child custody disagreements can spark violence between former spouses or partners.  

An increase in alcohol and drug consumption is generally an underlying cause. This can be triggered by holiday stress, financial woes, the pressure of family and social obligations, or when your holiday party goes a bit too far.  

Lastly, the holidays tend to trigger loss or grief which can result in emotional outbursts that lead to assault

A heated argument can easily lead to arrest. If the police are called for a domestic disturbance, for everyone’s safety they will be arresting the person they feel is the aggressor in the situation. You’ll need a seasoned domestic violence defense attorney on your side to protect you.  

Arrested during the holidays? Contact Stechschulte Law immediately to defend your case! 


Unfortunately, the holidays are open season for burglars and thieves. Malls are jam-packed with shoppers, and therefore, you’ve got busy store clerks and minimal security. This creates an opportunity for pickpocketing, shoplifting, car break-ins and more. 

Home burglaries also increase this time of year as clever criminals know that valuable gifts are often in plain sight. Times may be hard, and ‘porch pirates’ are more prevalent during the holiday season because there seems to be a package on every doorstep. And let’s not forget the holiday travelers who go away only to return to a burglarized home.

In October 2019, the felony theft threshold was increased to $750 from $350. This new law helps should you be arrested for burglary or theft this holiday season. We also offer custom payment plans to help you afford a top-rated criminal defense. 

The Importance of an Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’ve been arrested on a criminal charge during the holiday season (or any season for that matter), it is critical to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Both misdemeanor and felony charges can lead to jail time, hefty fines, job/professional license loss, or other penalties that can have a negative impact on your future.  

At Stechschulte Nell Law, we understand that a single bad choice can lead to an unfortunate arrest. We defend the rights of our clients. Through strategic criminal defense we seek reduced charges, present a plea bargain option or have the case dismissed entirely. For more information on our Tampa based criminal defense law firm or to schedule a free case review, please call us today at 813-280-1244.

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