ACCUSED OF BEING DRUNK IN PUBLIC?
According to California Penal Code § 647(f), people who are intoxicated in a public place and unable to care for their own safety or safety of others can be arrested for “disorderly conduct.” Moreover, if a person obstructs the use of any public way, sidewalk or street, they can be arrested for disorderly conduct. This means, even if you simply fall asleep on the steps outside of your apartment, it is possible to be arrested for “public intoxication” because you were obstructing access to the sidewalk or apartment.
FIGHT YOUR CHARGES WITH THE HELP OF A LOS ANGELES DEFENSE LAWYER
Even though being charged with public intoxication may not seem like a serious offense, the consequences can have a negative impact on your future. It is necessary for you to obtain the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney in order to avoid the negative effects of a conviction. Penalization for being drunk in public can consist of up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Multiple convictions within a year can lead to increased penalties, such as a 90-day minimum jail sentence. If convicted under the age of 21, you will face penalties that include a 12 month license suspension—even if driving was not involved in the offense.
DEFENDING YOUR RIGHTS WITH OKABE & HAUSHALTER
Los Angeles criminal attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter have a deep understanding of the law regarding disorderly conduct and are fervently dedicated to obtaining a successful outcome in all of their cases. After spending years as prosecuting attorneys, we can determine and exploit any flaws or weaknesses in the prosecution’s case to aid our client. With your future in mind, we work to make the charges and penalties against you, either dismissed, or lessened. For example, it is possible to sometimes substitute things, such as alternative sentencing, AA attendance, counseling or alcohol education for jail time. You can count on an experienced criminal defense attorney at our firm to give your case the thorough attention you deserve. Call us now for the guidance you need!