Atlanta Defense Lawyer for Public Drunkenness
Defense against Charges of Public Intoxication
Public drunkenness, sometimes referred to as public intoxication, is the
crime of appearing drunk or under the influence in a public place. People
of all ages can be charged with public drunkenness, despite being over
the legal drinking age.
You will be charged with public drunkenness if you appear in public with a
blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. When your BAC reaches or exceeds .08%, your level
of awareness and inhabitation become significantly lower. Many people
who appear drunk in public not only create a public disturbance, but they
also endanger themselves and those around them.
If you've been charged with public drunkenness, put a skilled former
prosecutor on your side. With 15 years of experience, we can fight for
your future and make sure your rights are upheld!
Contact us today to begin a free initial consultation!
Penalties for Public Drunkenness in Atlanta
In some cases, the police may let you off with a warning and escort you
home. In other situations, they may just issue a citation and let you
go. Sometimes the police will arrest you and bring you back the station,
where you will have to sober up in a detoxification area. In these instances,
you may be able to leave as soon as you are sober. Other times you will
be required to post bail in order to leave.
You will be arrested for public drunkenness if you appear in public with
a BAC of .08% or more and at least one of the following is true:
- You create a public disturbance.
- You cause danger to those around you.
- You become a threat to yourself.
In most public drunkenness cases, the offender is required to pay a fine,
perform community service, and attend an alcohol awareness class. However,
if you engaged in destructive or violent behavior that resulted in property
damage or personal injuries, you will be faced with much more severe penalties.
Speak with the Law Offices of Matthew T. McNally Today!
Public drunkenness is not something you should just shrug off your shoulders.
If you are facing criminal charges for public drunkenness, it's important
to hire a defense lawyer to protect your rights and defend you in court.
Atlanta criminal defense attorney
Matthew T. McNally has many years of experience in Georgia
criminal defense law and has been able to help many clients successfully overcome their
charges. Mr. McNally is committed to using his resources, knowledge, and
experience to build a strong case, fight your charges, and aggressively
contest the prosecution's case. Furthermore, Mr. McNally is prepared
to work tirelessly on your behalf to make sure you are not found guilty in court.
Call (678) 918-4421 to speak with an Atlanta public intoxication attorney today!