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4 Common Crimes Committed on Halloween

4 Common Crimes Committed on Halloween

Now that Halloween is around the corner, college students are planning their costumes and parties. Although Halloween is a festive occasion on college campuses throughout the United States, students should still practice caution to avoid arrest.

The following are the four most common crimes committed on Halloween:

  • Underage drinking - Whether they are on campus or off it, parties are often held on Halloween night. Some of these parties involve alcohol and drugs. College students who are not 21 years of age should avoid drinking since police often heavily patrol college campuses. However, if you are over 21 years old, getting caught giving underage students alcohol is also a criminal offense.
  • Sexual assault - Sex crimes are a huge issue on many college campuses throughout the country. The potential for sexual assault is significantly increased on Halloween night, since many young people engage in the heavy consumption of alcohol, despite not knowing their personal limit. Drinking the most common factor in many sexual assault cases involving universities
  • Traffic violations - Another alcohol-related offense involving college students is DUI, which is punishable by jail time, fines, license suspension, and other penalties. Avoid drunk driving by using ridesharing services and public transportation. Additionally, even minor traffic violations (i.e. roll or speed through a stop sign) can result in serious penalties since many children are going door-to-door trick-or-treating. Pay attention to the road at all times and obey the traffic laws.
  • Vandalism - From toilet-papering a home or destroying decorations, high school and college students commonly engage in vandalism on Halloween night. But what may seem like harmless fun can result in jail time and fines. The more damage caused, the more severe the consequences become.

At Stein Law, LLC, our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys understand the ramifications of criminal charges, which can have a long-lasting impact well after the holiday is over. We recommend all college students to be safe on Halloween night. However, if an arrest occurs, an experienced lawyer can help you either get your case thrown out or reduce your penalties, depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime.

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