Halloween in Connecticut suburban towns are always fun, but it usually comes with an increased police presence in towns like Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan and Darien Connecticut. Obviously police want to keep the roads and trick-or-treaters safe but, inevitably, top Stamford and Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyers see plenty of arrests for vandalism, criminal mischief and DUI / DWI in Stamford, Greenwich and Darien Connecticut on Halloween night.
Don’t get spooked by a few rotten apples…
The best Stamford, Greenwich and New Canaan Connecticut criminal law firms who appear in the Stamford and Norwalk Superior Criminal Courts frequently see both felony and misdemeanor criminal mischief arrests around Halloween time, more commonly known as vandalism. Usually they see teenagers arrested in Connecticut for misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass, especially when there’s not a lot of damage done to private or public property. But if the amount of property damage is over $1500, then you can be arrested for Criminal Mischief in the First Degree in Westport, Fairfield, New Canaan, Darien or anywhere in Connecticut for this felony charge, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. What most teenagers don’t realize at the time they are horsing around (especially if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol) is that they are usually being recorded by some type of digital video surveillance, particularly if they are vandalizing private property. Another common scenario seen by top Connecticut criminal mischief criminal lawyers is when teenagers don’t actually do the damage to the property, but are present when the vandalism is taking place. In those scenarios, police will just arrest everyone, and let the court system work out who in fact was guilty of criminal mischief and who should get their Connecticut criminal mischief arrest dismissed. Follow this link to read more about fighting your Connecticut criminal mischief / vandalism arrest.
Halloween arrests for DUI / DWI in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan Connecticut under C.G.S. 14-227a are also common on Halloween night. There are always big house parties and parties at the downtown bars in Stamford, Norwalk and Greenwich Connecticut, especially when Halloween falls on a Saturday night, as it will this year. Know that police cruisers will follow the crowds and will also set up DUI / DWI sobriety checkpoints in Stamford, Greenwich and Darien on Halloween night, right next to the bars and parties. In their eyes, they are shooting fish in a barrel, as inevitably, people choose to drive home over the legal BAC limit of .08. As top Darien and Stamford Connecticut DUI / DWI lawyers will tell you, as of July 1 this year, DUI laws got tougher, requiring almost everyone arrested for DUI / DWI in Connecticut to install an IID / Ignition Interlock Device in their car for a minimum of 6 months. So use Uber for starters, but if you are arrested for DUI / DWI in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan or Stamford Connecticut on Halloween night (or any night for that matter), be sure to contact any of the best Connecticut DUI / DWI lawyers or law firms prior to deciding whether to take or refuse the breath test at the police station. For more information on fighting your Connecticut DUI / DWI arrest to a dismissal, click here.
The team of criminal lawyers at Mark Sherman Law understand and appreciate that arrests and police investigations take place more frequently during busy and festive holidays like Halloween and New Year’s Eve. That’s why we have lawyers available to assist you on our 24/7 hotline to make sure you don’t make any mistakes during your police stop. So if the Darien, Stamford, Greenwich or New Canaan police are threatening to arrest you from DUI / DWI / OUI or criminal mischief, and they give you a chance to call a criminal lawyer, then before you start talking to police or risk incriminating yourself, give our hotline a call at (203) 358-4700 and speak to one of our Connecticut criminal lawyers who can properly advise you and hopefully help you avoid getting arrested on Halloween or any other holiday or night out.