How to avoid alcohol-related arrests over Memorial Day weekend is a serious business for law enforcement, you and defense attorneys. Try to avoid helping us out this time around, but if you find yourself in trouble, call us immediately for a friendly, free consultation. 213.985.0670

From BBQs to beach parties; from watching the big game to going out dancing, attending a concert or fair, holiday weekends like Memorial Day can lead from fun to misfortune in one beat of your heart.

Here in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities like Redondo Beach, Laguna, Newport or Malibu, the police, sheriff and other law enforcement step up their efforts through increased patrols (on bike, three-wheeler ATVs, horseback and regular patrol vehicles), approved overtime and license and DUI checkpoints. (Rosecrans near the 405 is a common checkpoint for example). From Orange County and San Diego County to the south, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to the East, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties to the north a large number of arrests will be made this weekend for a variety of alcohol-related charges.

“On a Memorial Day or other holiday weekends, it is common to hear from a great number of people arrested or cited for a variety of alcohol-related charges.” according to Perlman Law Group Attorney Daniel Perlman, “These can include the obvious charges like DUI, hit and run, minor in possession, possession of a fake ID, resisting arrest and assault; to lesser known charges like boating or biking under the influence. There can also be a dramatic spike in domestic violence or spousal battery charges on holiday weekends where a lot of alcohol is consumed.”

“There’s a lot of fun to be had with friends and family at various public and private celebrations on a sunny three day weekend. With a few tips, it’s possible to keep the cops from ruining your good time.” Attorney Daniel Perlman and his office frequently give talks on how to avoid these types of alcohol-related charges. There’s a short list of easy tips to help avoid arrest available on the Firm’s website, but the single most important tip Mr. Perlman has to share on the subject is, “Never talk to the cops… You can NEVER help your situation, but you are almost certain to make it WORSE.” Daniel estimates that as many as 80% of his clients would never have been arrested if they had kept their mouths shut.

The days over a holiday weekend and the week or two following are usually busy weeks for consulting with men and woman in our community who were cited or arrested by the police during or related to attending or participating in various celebrations. From the Highway Patrol (CHP), to LASD (Los Angeles Sheriff), to various local police agencies like LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department), there are a whole lot of upset and frightened people accused of crimes by the end of the weekend.

Imagine spending the night on a cold concrete bench in a bikini surrounded by other people who have been arrested.

The Perlman Law Group is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions and begin defending you. Most of the time, the police make mistakes in their reports, investigations and testing procedures. They are human and sometimes these mistakes can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.

If you get stopped over the weekend, be polite, but don’t talk. Your constitutional rights include NOT incriminating yourself. If you wouldn’t tell them about a body in your trunk, why would you tell them anything else you might have done wrong? So take a deep breath, have a great time and follow our advice on how to avoid alcohol-related arrests over Memorial Day.

Call us now for a free consultation or to set up an appointment at your convenience. Whether your charges appear in the list below or not, we handle all criminal and drunk driving matters in courts throughout southern California.

  • DUI
  • BUI
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Hit and Run
  • Petty Theft
  • Drunk and Disorderly
  • Drunk in Public
  • Possession of Narcotics
  • Sale of Narcotics
  • Solicitation
  • Theft
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Criminal Threats
  • False Imprisonment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Spousal Battery