Disorderly intoxication is a criminal offense that involves a person who is under the influence of alcohol disrupting the peace and safety of others. Under Florida law, disorderly intoxication involves behavior which qualifies as a “public disturbance.” It may be difficult to distinguish what is a public disturbance and what is conduct of a person simply exercising his or her right to free speech.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for disorderly intoxication, you have the right to seek legal assistance from a Florida criminal defense attorney immediately. For a first offense, you may face second degree misdemeanor charges. The penalties for such an offense may include up to 60 days in county jail and/or a fine of up to $500. If you have three previous disorderly intoxication convictions within the past 12 months you may face court-ordered rehabilitation or treatment for up to 60 days.
Disorderly Intoxication Charges in Florida
An officer observing a person committing the offense of disorderly intoxication may decide not to make an arrest and incarcerate the individual. Instead, the officer has the authority to decide to: take or send the person to his or her home, take or send the person to a private or public healthcare facility, or arrange commercial transportation to get the person home.
Why a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Although disorderly intoxication may be considered a lesser offense, it is still punishable by imprisonment and fines. You will still have a criminal record that will remain for life. It is important that you take advantage of your constitutional right to legal counsel and work with a Florida disorderly conduct defense lawyer who can effectively represent your interests and help you avoid a conviction.
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