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Washtenaw County Attorney - Drunk & Disorderly in Public

man drunk in publicSay you are out at the University of Michigan or Eastern Michigan University tailgating or at happy hour with your friends. Everyone is having a great time reminiscing about the past and enjoying each others company. The conversation continues outside and next thing you know, a situation escalates with another group of individuals that results in a physical altercation occurring. Police officers arrive and you are immediately arrested for being drunk and disorderly in public. Should you call an attorney? Read on to find out.

Drunk and Disorderly in Public

Being charged with drunk and disorderly in public is a crime that could result in jail time, fines, or penalties upon conviction. If you are charged, it may be in your best interest to retain counsel. A criminal defense attorney can assure your constitutional rights are protected and may be able to challenge the evidence the prosecutor presents against you. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. An experienced criminal attorney will determine defenses that may be available to you to avoid conviction. A criminal defense attorney may also be able to plea bargain on your behalf for a lesser charge.

Anyone intoxicated and behaving poorly in a public place can be potentially subjected to a drunk and disorderly charge. For example, a 24-year veteran with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol was recently arrested and charged for being drunk and disorderly. Sgt. Kenneth Snead was arrested outside the World of Beer bar. The arrest stemmed from a bar fight amongst a few of the bar's patrons. The patron's were asked to leave and continued to fight outside the bar. Snead has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation of the public brawl.

Drunk and Disorderly Fines & Penalties

If you are convicted of being drunk and disorderly in public, which is a misdemeanor, you can be subjected to paying a $500.00 penalty, serving up to 90 days in jail, community service, or probation. You may be charged and convicted under Michigan state law or local ordinance.

If you have been charged with being drunk and disorderly in the Washtenaw County area, I invite you to contact me for a consultation. You can reach me directly at 734-274-6567 or contact me here.

Sources

24-year NC Highway Patrol veteran charged with being drunk and disorderly

THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 328 of 1931

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