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Drunk in public, also referred to as “disorderly conduct,” “public intoxication,” or “under the influence in public” is a misdemeanor offense in California. A conviction may result in fines, probation and a county jail sentence of up to 6 months. Although it may seem a minor offense, public intoxication is a crime and thus legal representation by a skilled lawyer is necessary to avoid a conviction.
If you have been arrested for public intoxication or disorderly conduct in Los Angeles or the South Bay, a criminal defense attorney at Okabe & Haushalter can help. At our firm, our attorneys have years of experience in criminal law, including time as prosecuting attorneys. This diverse experience has given us a unique point of view, and we are able to secure positive results in a large number of the drunk in public cases that we take on.
A drunk in public case will often hinge upon the prosecution’s ability to prove that you were extremely intoxicated to the point of being unable to care for your own safety or the safety of others. If you were able to speak clearly and act normally, your lawyer can use this to your advantage in defending your case.
Often an experienced attorney will be able to secure an alternative sentence for a client facing a drunk in public charge. Particularly for a first-time offense, the prosecution and judge may be open to agreeing to AA classes or counseling in lieu of a jail sentence. At our firm, we will work to have your charges dismissed. We will also pursue alternative sentencing so you can avoid spending time in jail for an offense which does not necessarily warrant such a harsh punishment.
Public intoxication and disorderly conduct are covered under California Penal Code 647f. Under this law, it is a misdemeanor to be so intoxicated or under the influence of drugs to a point that you are unable to exercise reasonable care for your safety and the safety of others. Additionally, if you are interfering or otherwise obstructing the use of a public walkway, sidewalk or street, this constitutes public intoxication.