Drunk in Public Arrests in Long Beach
Understanding the Charges and Consequences
Simply being intoxicated in a public place is not enough to make an arrest or secure a criminal conviction. Countless individuals in Long Beach may get drunk at bars, restaurants, and public functions, but this does not mean they have committed a crime. Despite this, your wrongful arrest could still result in a conviction!
If you are facing a charge of being drunk in public, make no assumptions about the outcome of your case. Legal counsel from a skilled criminal defense attorney in Long Beach may help you get a clear understanding of your situation and how to protect your rights through the legal process. At the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau, our criminal lawyers have successfully tackled criminal charges of all kinds, including a range of charges involving DUI and other alcohol/drug-related charges.
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Drunk in Public is Disorderly Conduct
When an officer arrests an individual for being drunk in public, it is according to the statute of disorderly conduct (California Penal Code § 647). Under subsection (f) of this law, if individuals are found to be intoxicated by drugs or alcohol to the point that they cannot care for their own safety or the safety of others around them, officers may place those individuals under arrest.
Drunk in public may also be charged on individuals who are drunk to the point of interfering with other people's use of a sidewalk, street, or another public causeway. Drunk in public is very similar to other forms of disorderly conduct in that it mainly deals with situations where individuals pose a nuisance/threat to public safety. This could determine whether a case ends in dismissal or conviction.
Penalties for Public Drunkenness
A conviction of drunk in public results in the following punishments:
- Up to 6 months in county jail
- $1,000 in fines
- Probationary period
Because drunk in public is a misdemeanor, judges may be willing to reduce sentences for individuals who show good faith. However, this does not change the fact that the offense will go on your permanent record. A mark on your criminal record could ruin your career and prevent you from seeking vital employment opportunities in the future or building a strong line of credit.
Build a Strong Defense Against the Charges
It is up to the prosecution to bring a case against you in court. Their burden will be to prove you were in a public place and that there was sufficient evidence to prove you were intoxicated and posed a threat to yourself or others around you. If the officer violated your civil rights during the process, this may render the charge inadmissible or prevent a conviction.
Facing the charges alone cannot guarantee that you will achieve success in your case. Our criminal DUI attorneys know how to build an effective defense that protects our clients' rights and best interests throughout the legal procedures. Don't assume your troubles begin and end in court—retain a caring legal professional to ensure you are protected after an arrest.
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