Avoiding an Arrest in Orange County this Fourth of July

Every year in Orange County, hundreds of people are arrested during the July 4 holiday when parties and beach trips are at their height. Police departments everywhere work over time during this summertime holiday to crack down on driving under the influence or neighborhood disturbances. This is particularly true in Orange County’s beach cities such as Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Seal Beach where partying is in season.

There are several precautionary steps you can take this July 4 to avoid getting arrested in Orange County. First and foremost, do not operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. For example, in 2011, Orange County law enforcement agencies arrested 83 people for drunk driving just in the first 48 hours of the holiday weekend crackdown, according to a CBS news report.

Always designate a sober driver at the beginning of the night. If you have been stopped by a police officer, act in a courteous manner and cooperate. Do not joke, tease, or get hostile. Such behavior could land you in unfavorable circumstances. If you are hosting a July 4 party, make sure your guests do not leave your home drunk.

A number of individuals also get arrested for being drunk in public or causing a disturbance during this holiday weekend. Police also target people who set off illegal fireworks. In many Orange County cities, all fireworks are illegal. You could be cited even if you set off state-designated “safe and sane” fireworks. If you are hosting a party, do not allow anyone in possession of illegal fireworks into your home. Having illegal fireworks in your home can get you into serious trouble.

If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Orange County, please contact the experienced Orange County criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of David A. Stein. Call us at 949-445-0040 to discuss your case at absolutely no cost.