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Did you think that you can be charged for drinking or intoxication only when there is vehicle involved? In California, a person can be charged for excessive drunkenness or alcohol consumption in public.
As a lively city, California’s beach communities with bars and nightlife are often referred as partying destinations by visitors. But, is it illegal to drink when you are in public? You can consume alcohol in public places in California without fearing about criminal charges. However, if you become intoxicated to a level that it affects your ability to ensure personal safety or safety of others, you can be charged for drunk in public or public intoxication. The charges are filed under penal code 647(f).
California’s Penal Code 647 (f) deals with drunk in public charges and penalties. For a person to be charged under 647 (f), the prosecutor must establish,
The term ‘willfully’ in the clause depicts that the person has been consuming of ingesting alcohol on its own will.
When you are facing charges of drunk in public, there can be strict penalties. You must consult an experienced defense lawyer for your legal representation in court to avoid conviction or to reduce charges to minimum. In California, public intoxication is charged as misdemeanor which means that it will become a part of your criminal record. If you are an illegal immigrant, such conviction can cause problem in your case for green card or nationality. If you are a resident, it can show in your background checks affecting your employment or enrollment.
The sentences for drunk in public charges are up to,
Civil Protective Custody
As an alternative to filing charges under Penal Code 647 (f), the law enforcement may decide to take you in the civil protective custody. A civil protective custody is when the police takes you to the inebriation facility or commonly known as drunk tank where you are put under observation for next 72 hours. The police will observe the behavior of inebriated.
The good thing about civil protective custody is that it bars prosecutor from filing charges against you later. It means that you do not face any criminal charges.
However, the facilities are not available in many cities and counties which make criminal charges almost inevitable.
A successful defense in drunk in public cases occurs when your legal representation can prove in the court that
By evaluating the situation, going through the circumstances of your arrest and asking you questions about the investigative procedure, we determine the most suitable defense in your case and build a case around it. David S. Chesley’s law office has been successfully defending clients against public intoxication charges for decades and our experience and knowledge has bestowed us with a high success rate.
According to VC 23152 (a), it is illegal for any person to drive under the influence of alcohol.
As experienced defense attorneys, we have various instances of the successful defense of DUI marijuana cases.
The drug can be any controlled, illegal or prescription substance that can impair a person’s ability to drive a vehicle safely.
A hit and run case is when the driver after hitting another car(s) or damaging the property did not stop and left the scene without notifying other drive or property owner and law enforcement.
You must consult an experienced defense lawyer for your legal representation in court to avoid conviction or to reduce charges to minimum.
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