September 26, 2022
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Bailing out the party crowd

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Each year on Halloween, tens of thousands of partiers descend on Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara, and most stores within a 10-mile radius stock up on booze to meet the swell in demand.

The results this year: 25,000 revelers, 311 arrests and 701 citations, according to the Santa Barbara County Sherriff’s Department. “Alcohol played a role in a vast majority of incidents,” the department said in a news release at the end of the partying.

Two enterprising former UCSB students have decided to test demand for a service that seems like a natural fit: lawyer referrals to help students and other Isla Vista locals find an attorney to deal with their arrests or citations.

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