Being visibly drunk or under the influence of drugs in public is a misdemeanor crime. To avoid disturbance or harm to another person, the police remove people who appear drunk and unable to control themselves in public. Without the presence of witnesses, you could be charged with public intoxication without being intoxicated or drunk. Oftentimes, the police and prosecutors will tack on additional charges to make the charges stick.
If you’re arrested for public intoxication, contact an experienced lawyer right away. The local prosecutor may try to make you accept a plea to minimize your penalties. However, this will give you a criminal record that will show up on background checks of future employers and landlords. Although generally considered a minor offense, a public intoxication or minor in possession of alcohol conviction can haunt you later in life and may affect your prospect of finding a job.
Our team here at McCord Law will provide legal assistance to do whatever it takes to protect your reputation. Make sure to have a criminal defense attorney that will guide you throughout the process.