What Makes Getting a DUI on a Holiday Different?

No matter what day or time of year it is, getting arrested for a DUI is a scary and stressful experience that raises a lot of questions. Being arrested for a DUI on a holiday can exacerbate this experience. So what is different about getting a DUI on a holiday?

Higher Likelihood of Arrest

On holidays that typically involve heavy drinking such as New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Halloween, there are higher numbers of DUI-related incidents. To address this, most police departments have a greater number of officers out patrolling and stationed alongside major roads. This means that if you drive while intoxicated on a holiday, you’re more likely to be arrested.

Lengthier Booking Process

Once you’ve been arrested for a DUI on a holiday, you’ll be taken to the police station for processing and booking. Because more police officers are out patrolling and more people are getting arrested, on holidays police station stations tend to have staffing shortages. This can impact how quickly you are booked and bailed.

Possible Court Delays

During the holiday season, there is generally an uptick in criminal activity.  Couple that with shortened work weeks and people taking time off,  the arraignment process can be delayed by a few days.

Attorney Joseph Higgins

Attorney Higgins is a Massachusetts DUI defense lawyer with a proven track record of beating OUI charges. His practice is dedicated to the specialized defense of people charged with drunk driving. Attorney Higgins has been recognized by The National College for DUI Defense for his dedication and commitment to this area of the law and has been named a Rising Star by the reputable Super Lawyers Magazine, a distinction only achieved by 2.5% of all Massachusetts attorneys.


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