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Public Intoxication Lawyer in Boca Raton

What is public intoxication?

Florida has laws against consuming alcohol in public. Not only is it illegal to drink in public, it is also against the law to be intoxicated in a public place to a certain extent. If the person appears to be a danger to himself or to others, a public intoxication charge may follow. Another offense that may lead to public intoxication is drinking on public transportation and causing some sort of disturbance. If you want further clarification on what public intoxication means, look into Fl. Stat. Ann. § 856.011 or give me a call at the Law Offices of Richard Tendler and I would be happy to help you understand.

You can reach me at (800) 761-0993 if you are in need of representation.

Consequences of a Public Intoxication Conviction in Florida

If you have been found guilty of public intoxication, there are a few different results that may come about. First, the officer who has arrested you may choose to just drop you off at your house to sober up if they see it as a safe option. Another option would be to take you to a health facility in order to treat you for detoxification. If you are being charged for public intoxication, you may be facing a second degree misdemeanor charge, which is punishable by:

  1. Up to 90 days in jail
  2. Up to $250 in fines

If you are convicted of public intoxication more than once in a certain amount of time, you may be subject to receive mandatory treatment or you could be committed to a rehabilitation facility for up to two months. In order to avoid these consequences, seek help from my firm and fight against the charges.

Defending Against Public Intoxication Charges

If you are facing charges for public intoxication in Boca Raton, I can help. I, Attorney Tendler, am a criminal defense attorney in Boca Raton and I have handled countless public intoxication cases. Some of the potential defenses to be used in these cases include:

  • You were not intoxicated
  • You were not in a public place
  • There was no harm, or disorderly conduct, in the case

Without enough evidence supporting that you were intoxicated in public and engaging in disorderly conduct, you may avoid conviction. The first argument you could make is that you were not intoxicated at the time of arrest and you could do so by showing the results of a chemical test or using witness statements. A second argument could be against the location of the arrest. If you were not in public or if you were forced to be in a public place when arrested, you may fight conviction. An example would be if an officer ordered you out of a private residence onto the sidewalk and then arrested you for public intoxication. Lastly, if you can show that you were not engaging in disorderly conduct by using witnesses who were present, there may not be enough evidence for a conviction.

The Law Offices of Richard Tendler Defends Public Intoxication Charges

Team up with a criminal defense lawyer in Boca Raton if you have been arrested for public intoxication. I can help you by investigating the details of your case and putting together a strong defense on your behalf. By showing a lack of evidence or evidence that goes against the testimony of the arresting officer, we could reach a more favorable outcome in your case. Contact me today at (800) 761-0993 or fill out a case evaluation form to get started with your defense.

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