What Should You Do If You Are Charged with Public Intoxication?

In the state of Maryland, public intoxication is a crime charged to people under the influence of drugs or alcohol who have created a disturbance in public. It is a misdemeanor crime that can lead to a fine or even up to 90 days jail time. What should you do if you are charged with public intoxication?

Seek Legal Assistance

You should be sure to seek legal assistance immediately. This crime has the potential to impact your reputation and introduce a lot of uncertainty in life. Also, if convicted in the state of Maryland, the charge will remain on your record for at least three years. Only after that three-year period are you given the opportunity to have the misdemeanor expunged from your record. Once you have solicited the help of a lawyer, here are several defense strategies that you can start to discuss.

  • Not intoxicated – Public intoxication is largely a subjective crime. Arresting officers are only required to confirm that the defendant was behaving in a manner that suggests they were intoxicated. Thus, you can explore the possibility of presenting evidence that proves you were not intoxicated.
  • Not a significant disturbance – It is very possible that your behavior did not constitute a criminal violation.  You can work with your attorney to gather proof that your actions posed no threat of harm or disturbance to the public. Generally, eyewitnesses can shed a lot of light on the defendant’s true behavior during the time of arrest.
  • Prescription medications – Users of prescribed medications cannot be charged with public intoxication. If you suspect that your arrest may be linked to the use of a prescribed medication, be sure to bring this to your attorney’s attention as it may be very important to the case.

Protect Yourself from Public Intoxication Charges

Convictions of any kind can damage your future reputation, financial security, employment or housing opportunities, and rights as a citizen; having strong legal defense can help you in dismissing your charges, exploring your best options, or representing you in court.  The Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence offers high-quality legal representation, personal attention, and professionalism to help defend those who need it most.  Click here or call (410) 986-0088 to consult with an experienced attorney today.

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