Everyone knows that Halloween is a mischief maker’s prime time. In fact, there is an even a dedicated “Mischief Night” on the eve of All Hallows’ Eve. The so-called Mischief Night is an informal holiday on which kids and teens engage in all kinds of trickery, from harmless pranks to punishable vandalism. This unofficial annual event most commonly takes place on October 30 but really the hoodwinking can happen anytime in the weeks before and after Halloween.   The separation of Halloween tricks from treats seems to have only developed differently everywhere, often appearing in one region but not at all nearby. Popular pranks include toilet papering yards and buildings, powder-bombing and egging cars, people, and homes, using soap to write on windows, setting off fireworks, smashing pumpkins and spray painting walls and other objects. Occasionally, local grocery stores will refuse to sell eggs to pre-teens and teens around the time of Halloween for this reason.

For the most part, this particular breed of autumnal mischief making is just fun and games. Whenever these minor pranks get more serious, however, there is a chance of police involvement and subsequently, a chance of arrests being made. Combine this tradition of anarchy with the more adult revelry that goes along with any holiday such as smoking, drinking and unfortunate drunk driving and you have yourself a recipe for an arrest. As you may already expect, some of the most common October arrest charges include vandalism, drug possession and DUI.

Busting open a jack-o-lantern is one thing but driving after busting into the liquor cabinet is another. Thanks to the zero tolerance policy in place here in Georgia, DUI convictions stay on your driving record for the rest of your life. Our state laws mandate that any BAC over the legal limit is a serious crime. Still, there are different limits for different situations. You can avoid an arrest altogether this Halloween by knowing the BAC limit that applies to you and staying out of the driver’s seat if you think you could be above it. Georgia’s DUI laws make it illegal for drivers to operate motor vehicles if they have blood alcohol content percentages of 0.08% or higher, if they’re 21 years old or older and operating regular passenger vehicles.

If your Halloween festivities do go awry this year and you need to purchase a bail bond or request legal advice, contact one of our county bondsman as soon as possible and we can make the necessary arrangements for you.