Top Holiday Criminal Charges, Penalties, and Defense

Gavel depicting top holiday criminal charges

We are about to enter into one of the most stressful, depressing and desperate times of year for many adults.

I’m not talking about tax season. The trifecta of holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year – is known for an increase in criminal charges because more people are under more stress than usual during this time.

Whether it’s because a drinking problem flares up during family gatherings or you feel a deep sense of shame that you can’t afford to buy nice gifts for the people in your life, or some other holiday-related reason, there are several types of crimes that peak during this time of year.

Michigan OWI Charges Section 257.625

Michigan has several “Operating While Intoxicated” charges, related to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

However, you can also get pulled over for driving erratically or in a way that police can identify as impaired.

During holiday parties, it’s especially easy to make a bad judgment call about getting in the car. Even if you feel completely sober, you still may be charged with a crime if you have a blood alcohol level of .08%.

Police are not more understanding about an OWI during the holiday season.

On the contrary, they are more vigilant as they patrol highways, and you are more likely to get caught.

The best way to make sure you are safe is to plan for a ride if you are going to a gathering where you think you might be drinking.

If you do find yourself facing an OWI charge during the holidays, you need an experienced lawyer on your side as soon as possible.

Possible penalties may include jail time and hefty fines.

Theft and Cybercrime Holiday Criminal Charges

Store owners and law enforcement officers are likewise more vigilant about theft, burglary, and cybercrime during the holiday season.

Some people become more desperate to make sure their kids have nice Christmas gifts. Criminals take advantage of the general atmosphere of the holidays to steal with increased traffic and less vigilance with spending and credit card purchases.

Theft charges in Michigan can range from shoplifting to burglary. Penalties become more severe the higher the value you steal or if your crime included threats or violence.

Possible penalties can range from fines and restitution to serious jail or prison time, depending on the seriousness of the charge.

It is critical that an experienced attorney be contacted right away if one is facing these charges.

Domestic Violence Holiday Criminal Charges

Thanksgiving and Christmas are especially hard for those with strained family relationships.

Violent crimes sometimes break out around a holiday gathering for that reason.

Remember, domestic violence is a term that can be applied to an assault if it involves anyone who lives in the same household or even ex-spouses.

It’s not uncommon for a tenuous divorce relationship to blow up over the holidays. As a result, criminal charges are subsequently be brought into the situation.

Domestic violence is treated differently by law enforcement and courts than simple assault. It is crucial that you get an experienced attorney on your side if you are facing these charges.


The holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving can be a hard time for families and individuals. It’s also a time when people become less vigilant about drinking and driving.

If you’re facing one of these holiday criminal charges, call today. I will fight diligently for your rights and freedom.

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