Public Intoxication Laws in Alabama
In Alabama, there is a crime of public intoxication. A person commits this crime if they appear in a public place while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics or other drugs to the degree that they endanger themselves, another person or property, or by boisterous and offensive conduct they annoy another person in their vicinity. Public intoxication in Alabama is considered a violation with a fine of up to $200 and a jail sentence of up to 30 days.
Public intoxication is a charge that is commonly misunderstood. Being drunk or otherwise intoxicated in public does not mean that you can be charged with this crime.
Defenses Against Public Intoxication
In order to be convicted of public intoxication, the prosecution must prove several factors: that your actions were endangering you those around you; you had intent to break the law; and that you exhibited annoying and boisterous behavior in a public place.
An experienced defense attorney will examine all of the facts of your case to determine if any holes exist in the evidence the prosecution is presenting against you. For example, if you were intoxicated in public but were not exhibiting any kind of dangerous or loud behavior; say instead you fell asleep, charges of public intoxication may not hold up.
If you have been charged with public intoxication, the experienced defense attorneys at Polson & Polson can help. Once we know the details of your charges, we can get to work on building your defense.