Public intoxication (being drunk or under the influence of drugs in a public place) is usually charged when a law enforcement officer observes an individual that he or she believes is intoxicated - in a context other than driving a vehicle. The possible consequences of a conviction for public intoxication are six months in jail, probation, and a significant fine. A skilled defense criminal lawyer such as Anna R. Yum can help achieve the best possible outcome of a public intoxication charge.
A Legal Standard for Public Intoxication
Under California law, simply being intoxicated in a public place is not a criminal offense. A prosecutor must prove that the person was "unable to exercise care for his or her own safety or the safety of others, or [that his conduct interfered with or obstructed or prevented] the free use of any street, sidewalk, or other public way." That is, you must have been a public nuisance or a hazard in some way, blocking a public way, or annoying someone in a significant way.
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