Santa Barbara Public Intoxication Lawyer
Legal Representation You Can Count On
Public intoxication cases can involve an individual fighting in a bar or
passed out on a sidewalk. While being drunk in a public area is not a
crime in itself, it can be in very specific circumstances. Were you arrested
for public intoxication? Our Santa Barbara
defense attorneys at
Appel & Morse can review your case and determine whether your charges are valid. We
will look into the details of your charges and look for witnesses, scrutinize
police reports, and assess whether or not your rights were violated at
any point by law enforcement.
If you were arrested for disorderly conduct, the state must prove the following:
You were under the influence of
drug and/or an inhalant.
- You were in a public place.
- You were unable to exercise care for your own safety or for the safety
- You interfered, obstructed, or prevented the use of a street, sidewalk,
or other public thoroughfares.
Will I be sent to jail?
You could simply be placed in protective custody for being drunk in public
and avoid criminal prosecution unless you were under the influence of
any drug or a combination of alcohol and drugs. If the arresting officer
believed you committed a felony or misdemeanor while under the influence
or believed you would escape or be unreasonably difficult for medical
personnel to control, then you may face charges. If you are convicted
of disorderly conduct, it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months
in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Public intoxication requires a much higher level of insobriety in comparison to a
DUI charge. Simply being above the maximum BAC limit of .08 is usually not enough
to be convicted of a public intoxication charge.
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experienced legal defense you deserve in your corner,
call Appel & Morse today! We are known for our personalized attention and individualized case strategies.
Our firm is also available for appointments on the weekends and during
the evenings. Whenever you need us, you can count on us to be there for you.
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