St. Patrick’s Day DUIs and Other Crimes to Avoid

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As a result of COVID-19 mandates still being in effect, many bars and restaurants in our area have been forced to scale down the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. However, that doesn’t mean that green beer and shenanigans won’t still occur. If you are being charged with a crime during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, you’ll need more than the luck of the Irish to get you through–you’ll need Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam. Take a look at these St. Patrick’s Day crimes you won’t find under the rainbow.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 1/3 of all fatal crashes nationwide involve alcohol-impaired drivers. Whether you are a college student participating in your own St. Patty’s Day bar-crawl or an adult who is celebrating with friends, know that DUI charges will last far longer than the green beer staining your tongue. If you plan to enjoy holiday-inspired festivities in the coming days, be mindful of the following:

  • Never drink and drive
  • If you plan to drink, have a designated driver or call a shared-ride program
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road or become involved in an accident involving a drunk driver, call 911

In addition, if you are charged with drunk driving, you can face heavy penalties–especially if someone is hurt or killed as a result.


Pro tip–Just because you dressed up like a leprechaun, doesn’t mean you should go looking for gold at the end of a rainbow. This is what one person found out after attempting to rob a bank!

In 2010, a Nashville man thought he could find a pot of gold by dressing up like a leprechaun and robbing a bank. The man held up the bank with a gun while taking a sum of money from the teller. After taking off in a getaway car, police eventually found him and his accomplice. One man was fatally injured and the other took his own life while evading the police.

While it cost these felons their lives, if you are charged with a St. Patrick’s Day robbery in Pennsylvania, it could land you behind bars.


Be it an alcohol-induced fight, or perhaps an altercation in the making, assault charges don’t simply go away because you call holiday-shenanigans. If you are charged with simple or aggravated assault this holiday week and weekend, know that it can land you behind bars and facing expensive fines–especially if you assault a member of law enforcement.

Make smart choices and be safe this St. Patrick’s Day holiday and if you find yourself in need of legal representation, call Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam.

Call Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam For Your St. Patrick’s Day Offenses

Don’t let the St. Patrick’s Day holiday get the best of you. We know how easy it is to get caught up in the antics, but your fun could easily end with a criminal record.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope. At Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam, we will help you navigate the legal system and if this is your first offense, there may be ways to prevent you from having a criminal record. Contact our law firm right now for more information. We want to help you.

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