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Crimes Committed Around the Holidays

What Crimes Are Commonly Committed Around the Holidays?


Data shows that criminal activity tends to increase around the holidays. According to BestLife, the most common crimes committed during the holidays include:


  • Arson
  • Shoplifting
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Identity Theft


Other crimes that are commonly committed include cybercrimes and fraudulent scams. People around the holidays may be particularly vulnerable to these kinds of crimes. 


The increase in crimes may come from stress, alcohol, desperation, or a number of other factors. Depending on the crime, it may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. It is important to discuss your case with a criminal defense attorney to determine your legal options. 


If you are arrested for a holiday-related crime in California you may be released on your own recognizance or you may be required to post bail as a condition of your release. Judges will often set bail according to the county’s bail schedule. A bail schedule is produced by the superior court and sets a presumptive bail amount for all of the potential crimes that can be committed. 


It is important to know, however, that it is ultimately up to the judge to determine the amount of your bail. Consulting with an attorney can help you understand what your bail may be set at during your hearing. Most people post bail with the assistance of a bail bondsman. A percentage of the overall bail amount is paid to the bail bondsman in exchange for them to post the full amount to the court.