Drunk in Public: California Penal Code 647(f) By Daniel Smith

California Penal Code 647 prohibits an individual from being drunk in public. You are drunk in public if:

  1. your level of intoxication makes you unable to exercise care for your safety or for the safety of others, or;
  2. your level of intoxication interferes with, obstructs, or prevents others from using streets, sidewalks, or other "public ways”.

A charge of being drunk in public can be serious as it will represent a misdemeanor on your record, possible jail times and fines. If you are under the age of 21 you may also lose your drivers license even if you were nowhere near a car. A rigorous defense should handle any drunk in public case so that it does not go on your record and if under 21 you do not lose your license.

If you or a loved one has been charged with Drunk in Public and would like a free and confidential consultation with an experienced attorney, please call our office at (619)258-8888.