Even the most responsible of social drinkers run the risk of getting charged with Drunk in Public, a Class 4 misdemeanor. Drunk in Public, or Public Intoxication, is defined by Virginia code as “If any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.”
But, do you need an attorney to represent you should you be facing a Drunk in Public charge? To answer this question, you must first ask yourself “can I live with this conviction on my record?” Most people see that this charge carries a max fine of $250 and simply pay it and go on with their lives. All is well, until it is time to apply for that dream job you’ve always wanted or you decide to go back to school to advance your career. By paying the fine for Drunk in Public, you admitted guilt and now have to answer “yes” on any application that asks whether you have been charged with a crime.
My advice? Consult with an experience criminal attorney, then decide if it is in your best interest to obtain representation. If you or someone you know has been charged with Drunk in Public, give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your options with you. We can be reached at 757-656-1000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, a Drunk in Public charge will definitely ruin your night, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life!