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A Feast of Legal Rights: Understanding Arrests During the Holidays



Holidays are a great time to share memories with your loved ones, but these experiences can quickly turn into bad memories if a loved one is arrested. In this situation, not only do you want to help the loved one, but there is often a desire to resolve the arrest as quickly as possible so the family can spend the holidays together.


Delays During the Holiday Season

When an arrest happens during the holidays, there is a higher risk of delays compared to other times of the year. Normally, a person under arrest is entitled to a hearing within a few days after the arrest if they cannot pay bail (or bail is not set).


However, this hearing timeline often takes longer during the holidays because court employees are off work for the holidays. So, if a person has been arrested at this time, they will need to wait for the next business day before moving forward with the process to get a hearing.


Arrests during the holiday season could mean that you stay in jail longer than normal, which could result in missing out on holiday festivities with the family.


Most Common Types of Arrests During the Holidays

People often change their activities and behavior when celebrating the holidays, which could result in a higher risk of being arrested. The most common types of arrests that happen during this time include:


  • Driving under the influence

  • Shoplifting

  • Theft

  • Burglary

  • Domestic violence


Regardless of the reason for the arrest, it’s essential that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the situation.


Have You Been Arrested? Call an Attorney

Use your call wisely after being arrested, especially if this arrest happens during the holiday season. You need a criminal defense attorney who can help with your case. Hiring the right attorney ensures that your rights are protected.


Miles & Hatcher, LLP has years of experience helping with criminal defense cases. Our team of attorneys knows the best approach for defense, giving you the support you deserve during this challenging time. For more information about these legal services, you are invited to schedule a free consultation with our team: (909) 481-4080.

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