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Public Intoxication

A charge under section 647(f) of the California Penal Code is also known as "drunk in public" or "public intoxication". The text of the statute is set forth below. Due the numbers of these handed out almost daily in and around Isla Vista, one would think of them as no big deal.  Think again.  The short and longterm effects of these charges are serious.  If you are under 21, you face a year-long drivers license suspension.  Regardless of your age, a conviction of a misdemeanor is a serious set-back for a person who wants to be taken taken seriously in a competitive job market now and into the foreseeable future.  If your reputation matters to you, you should consult a lawyer. To discover the many advantages of hiring a lawyer when charged with a public intoxication, contact us for a free initial consultation.

Public Intoxication 
(aka "Drunk In Public")

647.  Every person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor: ...
  (f) Who is found in any public place under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, controlled substance, toluene, or any combination of any intoxicating liquor, drug, controlled substance, or toluene, in a condition that he or she is unable to exercise care for his or her own safety or the safety of others, or by reason of his or her being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, controlled substance, toluene, or any combination of any intoxicating liquor, drug, or toluene, interferes with or obstructs or prevents the free use of any street, sidewalk, or other public way.

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