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Public Intoxication

Public intoxication is a type of misdemeanor which involves being visibly drunk in a public place. It is also commonly called “drunk and disorderly conduct,” an offense that varies in severity from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A misdemeanor offense of public intoxication can stick on your criminal record and make it difficult to find employment or pursue higher education opportunities.

If you are charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, you will need a criminal defense attorney to represent you in court. To find out more about your legal options, contact the Denton criminal lawyers of Alexander & Associates by calling 972-420-6560.

In the United States, there is no constitutional provision allowing the federal government to control or legislate public intoxication laws. Therefore, under the Tenth Amendment (which grants all rights not specifically given to the federal government in the Constitution to the states), all such laws are relegated to the states and other local governments. Because of this, there is a wide range in public intoxication laws which vary depending on jurisdiction.

In 1968, the case of Powell v. Texas came before the US Supreme Court. In it, Powell was convicted for public intoxication and claimed that such a punishment was cruel and unusual, because he was a chronic alcoholic. The Supreme Court ruled against him, saying that the arrest was made merely for being drunk in public, not for being an alcoholic, and upheld the legality of public intoxication laws.

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If you or someone you love has been charged with public intoxication, an experienced criminal attorney can help present your case in court. Contact the Denton criminal defense lawyers of Alexander & Associates by calling 972-420-6560 today.

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