This year is unlike any other, but we know that may not stop people from celebrating Halloween. It’s the one time of the year that it’s okay to take on another identity and we all know how much fun that can be. But keep in mind, Halloween should be enjoyed responsibly and safely – and this year, socially distant. Having fun is well deserved, but many take certain costumes and personas to an extreme, and this could very well make people commit crimes, either unwillingly or with full knowledge of what they are doing.
In order to enjoy a safe Halloween with friends and family and avoid a potential arrest during this holiday, make sure to be on your best behavior and use this guide to ensure that you’re staying in line.
Best Ways to Avoid Committing a Crime this Halloween
Don’t drink and drive – It may be tempting to consume some adult beverages at a neighborhood party and drive home after just “a couple” drinks, but it’s important to remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you are pulled over and asked to take a breathalyzer test, you may be charged with a DUI. Stay safe by using a ridesharing app to get home.
Don’t impersonate law – It may be tempting to take your cop outfit seriously, but do not ever impersonate law enforcement. Remember, it is illegal to flash a fake badge to pull over or arrest someone.
Do not use real weapons with your costume – It’s much safer to not wear a costume that has a weapon component. Do not ever bring a real gun or knife out trick-or-treating, or flash a gun at a costume party. There’s too much room for misinterpretation and error with any weapons on Halloween.
Do not steal any Halloween decorations from someone’s yard – This is still stealing, and can get you arrested regardless of how minor the theft is.
Be smart on Halloween and use common sense. If it seems like you may be committing a crime, despite all the costumes and revelry that may be happening around you, do not proceed with that action. Better to avoid doing something than to get arrested for a crime you did not intend on committing.
If you are arrested and accused of a crime, you will need the assistance of an experienced defense attorney, like Russell Spatz. By having an attorney on your side, you’ll be able to navigate the criminal justice system and understand the charges brought against you. Give Russell Spatz a call today at (305) 442-0200 to schedule your consultation.