It may not seem a serious crime, but Public Intoxication is classified as a misdemeanor and a conviction carries a penalty of up to six months in the County Jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.00. That’s an expensive night out!
Aggressive district attorneys also like demanding probation for sometimes up to three years of your life. Don’t risk it. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you.
There is an exhaustive list of what conduct warrants an arrest for “Public Intoxication.” For example, posing a danger to yourself or others; trespassing (and this includes staying at an establishment after being asked to leave… hmm… like maybe a bar!); as well as being a nuisance are common reasons individuals find themselves arrested.
Also, you do not need to be in the presence of a police officer to be arrested. Anyone who witnesses your behavior is entitled to make a citizen’s arrest. This means the bouncer who asked you to leave the bar or the person you’ve been harassing can legally arrest you!
In addition to available defenses, you need an experienced attorney who knows the system and how to negotiate a dismissal, a reduction in charges or more lenient sentencing.
Remember, any conviction remains on your criminal record where prospective landlords and employers will see it.
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