Arrested? Call the 805 Law Group!
Were you taken into custody for public intoxication? San Luis Obispo County aggressively prosecutes this misdemeanor offense pursuant to California Penal Code § 647(f), but in many cases the charges simply do not line up with the law. An Atascadero criminal defense lawyer at the 805 Law Group can review your charges to determine whether they are valid and can begin building a defense to help you avoid a conviction.
Penalties for public intoxication may include:
- Up to 6 months in county jail; and/or
- A fine of up to $1,000.
For nearly two decades, our firm has been representing defendants and arrestees across Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, and the surrounding communities. We understand our clients, the courts, our opponents, and the code and case law that apply to public intoxication charges in California. With our experience and insight, you have the opportunity to take full advantage of a creative, effective defense strategy tailored to your needs.
Challenging San Luis Obispo & Atascadero Public Intoxication Charges
In California, it is against the law to become so intoxicated in a public place that you cannot exercise reasonable care for your safety or the safety of others. These charges may apply if you are accused of being intoxicated and interfering with or obstructing public walkways, sidewalks, streets, or other public areas. To challenge public intoxication charges, your attorney must weaken one or more element of the prosecuting attorney’s case against you.
Potential defenses against public intoxication charges may include:
- You were not in a public place at the time of your arrest.
- You were not intoxicated.
- Your constitutional rights were violated in some way.