New Year's Eve Crimes

Common New Year’s Eve Crimes

New Year’s Eve is intended to be a time to celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of a new one.

For most people who chose to celebrate, it is an enjoyable evening. However, each and every year, there are people who end up arrested from crimes on New Year’s Eve. There are certain crimes that top the list on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Arrest and a Bail Bond

A person arrested on New Year’s Eve is going to have a pressing desire to be released from jail. In most cases, this requires the assistance of a bail bond professional.

Once a bail amount is set, an jailed person, or a family member, can make contact with a bail bond professional. These professionals largely will be on-call and available on New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, to assist individuals who have ended up arrested and jailed.

A jailed person will need to come up with a percentage of the bail amount to pay to the bonds person. Typically, this is somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of the total amount of the bond. For example, if a person is held on a $1,000 bond, he or she will need to pay about $100 to $150 to the bail bond professional to obtain release.

In many cases, a person arrested on New Year’s Eve will need to get what is called a surety or co-signer on the bail bond. What this means is that someone else takes responsibility for paying the full bond amount if you should end up not appearing in court for some reason.

Once the bail bond has been arranged and paid for by you or a friend or family member, the bail bonds professional posts bail for you with you the court. You then will be released from jail, with the admonition to be present at the next court date.

Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Impaired

The most common type of crime that occurs on New Year’s Eve is driving under the influence, or driving while impaired or intoxicated. There are more alcohol-related accidents on New Year’s Eve than on any other night during the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, the accident rate on New Year’s Eve generally runs over 70 percent higher than the average of other nights during the year.

Anticipating a spike in the number of intoxicated revelers on the roadways, law enforcement agencies from coast-to-coast increase the number of personnel on duty to nab drivers suspected of DUI. This includes the establishment of checkpoints on major roadways across the United States.

Property Damage

Another of the common types of crimes committed on New Year’s Eve involve property damage. Typically, this involves a person who has imbibed a bit too much who either accidentally or intentionally damages the property of another person. Depending on the circumstances, and the value of the property damaged, a person can end up arrested for this type of conduct.

Assault and Battery

Assaults and batteries are yet another set of crimes that are committed on New Year’s Eve, typically at a higher rate than on most other days of the year. These types of crimes also oftentimes involve drinking. They frequently occur at private parties as well as nightclubs, bars, and taverns on New Year’s Eve.

These cases can involve individuals who perpetrate actual batteries on another person. They can also include instances in which a person is arrested for making threats of physical violence to another individual.

Public Intoxication

Public intoxication, or public drunkenness, are yet another set of crimes that occur with at least somewhat higher frequency on New Year’s Eve. In some instances, in some locations, this type of charge may result in nothing more than a ticket or citation. However, there are plenty of examples of holiday partiers being arrested for public intoxication on New Year’s Eve.


Finally, trespassing represents still another type of crime that spikes, at least to some degree, on New Year’s Eve. As with so many other crimes committed on this particular holiday, drinking oftentimes is involved when a person is charged with trespassing on New Year’s Eve.

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