If you are like many Grand Rapids residents, you love to celebrate autumn with harvest festivals and Halloween parties. In fact, our city is known for its famous Halloween pub crawl, which will be held this year on Saturday, October 29, from 4 p.m. until midnight (with optional after-party activities on tap as well).
While that sounds like a fun time for legal adults aged 21 and older, it also, unfortunately, coincides with some Trick-or-Treat activities for the younger set in different areas in the region. The confluence of events – and indeed, Halloween in general — means that there will be increased law enforcement patrols on the road over the weekend preceding Halloween.
Don’t get arrested on DUI or OWI charges
Pub crawls, parties and other celebrations that involve alcohol or legal THC usage can quickly turn into nightmares involving law enforcement. Spending the night behind bars is certainly no way to end a night of fun with your friends.
Be smart – pre-arrange for a sober ride home
With public transit options, Lyft, Uber and the use of designated drivers, it is far easier to avoid drunken driving arrests than it has been in the past.
But we understand that stuff happens to even the best-laid plans. If you wind up behind the wheel this Halloween after drinking, eating edibles or smoking THC, there are ways to minimize the fallout from the mistake.
Comply, but never engage, with police
Resisting arrest and not complying with directives from law enforcement typically don’t end well for the person being detained. Exercise your right to remain silent after an arrest but ask to speak with your criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.