A criminal offense which involves a person who is under the influence of alcohol disintegrating the peace of others is called disorderly intoxication. According to Florida statutes, disorderly intoxication involves a behavior which qualifies as a “public disturbance.” There really is a fine line between public disturbance and a person exercising his or her right to free speech.
If you have been arrested for disorderly intoxication, you should speak to a Florida Disorderly Intoxication Lawyer with our office as soon as possible. You may face second degree misdemeanor charges for a first offense. The penalties for such an offense may include up to 60 days in county jail and/or fine of up to $500. If you have been convicted for your fourth offense 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 someone committing this offense need not to make an arrest and imprison the individual. He has the authority to either take or send the person to his or her home, take him or her to a private or public health care facility, or to arrange a commercial transportation to get the person home.
Why do you need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
A disorderly intoxication may be considered a lesser offense but it is sill punishable by imprisonment and fines. You will still have a criminal record for the rest of your life. It is crucial that you avail of your constitutional right to legal counsel and work with a Florida criminal defense lawyer who can effectively represent your interests and help you avert conviction.
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