Typical New Year's Eve Crimes

Typical New Year’s Eve Crimes

For most people, New Year’s Eve is a joyous, maybe even raucous occasion.

Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve is also a prime time for a crime. Every year, people end up arrested on New Year’s Eve, and many of them commit the same type of crime. Often, these crimes have an element of alcohol involved in them, because New Year’s Eve parties tend to have a focus on drinking and partying.

Anybody who gets arrested on New Year’s Eve is going to want to get released as soon as possible – nobody wants to start off the brand new year in jail. For many people, they’ll need a bail bond in order to be released. Read on to learn about the common New Year’s Eve crimes and what to do if you or someone you know is arrested.

Assault and Battery

There’s a higher-than-normal rate of assault and battery crimes committed on New Year’s Eve. This type of crime may take place at a private party or at a public bar, club or tavern, or even in a private residence. Sometimes someone is arrested for threatening physical violence, while other times the person who is arrested has actually harmed another person.

Damage to Property

One common crime that’s committed on New Year’s Eve is property damage, often by someone who has had a bit too much to drink. In many cases, one person causes intentional damage to another person’s property. Based on the type of damage and other circumstances, it’s possible that the person who committed the crime could be arrested.


Two common New Year’s Eve crimes are driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI). New Year’s Eve sees more alcohol-related accidents than other nights of the year, and police officers are prepared for this spike in under-the-influence drivers. Not only are more people intoxicated on New Year’s Eve than normal, but there are also more law enforcement professionals out there waiting to nab them. You may notice a lot of checkpoints on major U.S. roadways on New Year’s Eve.

Public Intoxication

Being drunk in public is a crime that occurs often on New Year’s Eve. Depending on the situation and location, the person who is intoxicated may get away with just a citation or ticket. Other times, though, the intoxicated person can be arrested for public drunkenness.


The last crime that spikes in frequency on New Year’s Eve is trespassing. Like the other crimes, this often has alcohol involved. Trespassing is when one person goes onto another person’s property without permission or without them knowing.

New Year’s Eve Arrests

Once bail is set, the person who was arrested, or one of their friends or family members, can contact a bail bondsman. Often, bail bond professionals are on-call around-the-clock, especially on an active night like New Year’s Eve (as well as Near Year’s Day). Their main purpose is to help people who have been arrested and who are in jail.

When a person gets a bail bond, they have to pay a percentage of the bail to the bondsman, often between 10 and 15 percent of the bond. Sometimes, the person who needs the bond will have a co-signer. However, the co-signer should know that they then becomes responsible for the jailed person appearing in court on their court date.

Once the person who has been arrested has paid the bondsman, the bail bond professional will post bail, which lets the jailed person get released.

Read More: California DUI Arrests

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