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Public Intoxication Attorney in Christiansburg, Virginia

Public Intoxication Attorney in Christiansburg, Virginia

As a skilled criminal defense trial attorney who has served people throughout the area for years, I know what it takes to build a strong defense and earn a win for my clients. If you’ve been charged with public intoxication and need a voice in the courtroom, turn to Clemons Law, P.C. Schedule a free consultation today so we can begin working on your case as soon as possible.

Many people like to have fun with their friends by going to the bar and having a few drinks. Sometimes, though, a night of fun doesn’t end up the way you intended it to be.

If you have been charged with public intoxication in Christiansburg, Blacksburg, or Hillsville, Virginia, Clemons Law, P.C. will be there for you. For several years, I have acquired invaluable knowledge and insight into defending those with criminal charges like yours. To schedule a free consultation, fill out my simple form below or give my office a call.

Virginia Public Intoxication Laws

Under Virginia law, it is illegal to be intoxicated by drugs or alcohol in public. You may be wondering, “What if I’m walking home from the bar?” Police are only likely to charge you with public intoxication if you pose a threat to yourself or those around you.
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How Do the Police Determine Intoxication?

If you’re stumbling, can’t keep yourself from falling over, slurring your words, or threatening others, they may find it as grounds to arrest you. Additionally, if you were kicked out of a bar or club because you were being reckless, they may call the police to find a solution.

In addition, if you’re using profane language or acting “out of control,” don’t be surprised if they approach you to see how you’re doing. Should you be detained, they will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you’re intoxicated and caused a disturbance. It is completely within the officer’s right to take you into custody without administering a breathalyzer. So remain calm and don’t say anything until you have a lawyer present.

Penalties for Public Intoxication

Should you be convicted of public intoxication in Virginia, a Class 4 misdemeanor, you will have a mark on your criminal record and be fined up to $250. To increase your chances of a dropped charge or reduced fine, speak to a public intoxication attorney today. Once we meet, I will begin to build a strong defense in your case to protect your rights and advocate for your freedom.

Virginia law does not allow criminal offense expungement from an adult’s record, so that makes it even more important that you contact an attorney immediately to help you build a strong defense in your favor.

Potential Defenses

There is a chance of you receiving a dropped charge for a variety of reasons, including:

  • You weren’t intoxicated. Because these cases are often your word against the officer’s, this strategy can be particularly difficult to pull off unless you have concrete evidence that you weren’t intoxicated at the time of the arrest.

  • You weren’t in public. For example, if you were drinking at your or your friend’s house and the officer asked you to come out onto the street so they can arrest you.

  • Medication was involved. We may argue in your favor that the arrest was unjust because you were under the influence of the medication that you were legally taking. From a pain reliever to laughing gas, many legal drugs can make you appear to be intoxicated, which may be the reason you were arrested.

No matter what your unique circumstances entail, it’s important to speak with an attorney for knowledgeable guidance and support. If you live in Christiansburg, Virginia or the surrounding communities, I’m the attorney to call when you need an advocate in your corner.