Halloween is upon us and it is time for funny costumes, bags full of candy, and, unfortunately, pranks.
As with every holiday, there comes a good with the bad. Each Christmas and New Year’s Eve we see an increase in drunk driving arrests; with Halloween, we see a similar increase in arrests, which the Defendant typically calls a “prank.”
Halloween Pranks To Avoid
Some pranks are harmless, but others can, and will, end up having you arrested. For example:
- Theft of Property – Taking a pumpkin or decoration from a doorstep may seem harmless, but rest assured the Memphis Police Department considers it theft. These are usually considered misdemeanor thefts, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.
- Vandalism – Something as seemingly minor as throwing eggs at a house or car actually constitutes vandalism. Officers will not find humor in this type of prank and will charge you with vandalism, and, depending on the severity of damage done to the property, the charge can be classified as a felony.
- Clown Costume – Believe it or not, a man in Kentucky was arrested for wearing a clown mask, which was breaking a city ordinance. A costume shop in Nashville is issuing warnings to those renting a clown costume that you could be subject to arrest. Trust me: while I have always found clowns a bit strange, I never thought anyone could be arrested for dressing up as one.
Another Holiday Reminder
While definitely not a prank, we caution everyone to also be alert to an increase police presence over Halloween and the holiday season:
- Drinking and Driving – As mentioned above, almost any holiday season brings an increase in officer patrols, DUI checkpoints, and more arrests. During this time of year, officers are looking for any small thing that will allow a stop to be made, which subsequently allows the police to see if the driver has been drinking. Use common sense and order an UBER or a Yellow Cab of Memphis. I can assure you, cab rides cost a lot less than being charged with DUI.
Happy Halloween from Your901Law!
We hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and Happy Halloween. Know that The Chiozza Law Firm is here to help with any and all of your legal needs.
Our office, conveniently located in Downtown Memphis, is the place we call home, welcoming walk-ins with no appointment necessary. Whether you need a break from the heat or want to discuss a new or pending legal matter, our doors are always open. If you can’t make it to the office feel free to call 901-526-9494 or for emergencies email Brian Chiozza, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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