Public Drunkenness Laws

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What Is Public Drunkenness?

Public drunkenness, or public intoxication, is the crime of being intoxicated in a public place, even if the drunkard is of the legal drinking age. Persons under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs may be cited or arrested for public intoxication. Public Intoxication is usually a misdemeanor.

What Does Intoxication Mean?

Intoxication is often defined as having a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit. An individual may also be considered intoxicated if they have lost their normal mental and physical capabilities. Most states, such as Texas, require that a person be intoxicated to the degree that they are a potential danger to themselves or to others in order to constitute public intoxication.

What Happens If I Am Arrested for Public Intoxication?

Depending on the laws of the state, the police may have several options or procedures when they suspect public intoxication. Common procedures include:

What Are the Possible Legal Consequences of Public Intoxication?

What Should I Do If I Am Charged with Public Intoxication?

If you are charged with public intoxication, a criminal defense lawyer can help you understand your rights and legal defenses, and guide you through the process.

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Last Modified: 09-26-2016 10:37 AM PDT

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