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Is it against the law to be drunk in public

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Terlit_max50

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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

before you go an bash me with your words and asps. I worked LP for sears and I notice a customer who was completely sloshed and a local county officer who was there for something else I happened to stop him and chat him up and i brought the gentleman to his attention he kept saying there's no law that says you can't be drunk or something to that effect. he's been on the force for years so i didn't doubt him. Maybe I misunderstood him because to my knowledge that's "public intoxication" and that i always thought is against the law. After the officer left I noticed him talking to the drunk patron who just left.

Ltsh1_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Each state has different laws. It depends if they are causing any problems. Most times I would drive the person home or just tell them to leave. If they became unruly I would take them to the precinct, give them a summons and keep them in the cage for a few hours until they sobered up. Each case is different.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

The Lt's right. Here where I am, public intoxication mean "you're going to jail, roudy or not." So, its different from state to state

Th_plugman1_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

SuperTrooper and LT are correct. California for example has the public intoxication law where they can be arrested. Colorado where I am now, there no public intox laws, unless they are on a Hwy. In our city we just make sure they are not a danger to themselves or others and usually take them home or if they are still able send them home.

Coin_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Not only does it depend on each state, but it could also depend on each community. What may be illegal in one town, may not be illegal in the next.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Correct. NYS has some nasty public drunkenness laws (apparently they include mandatory arrest, mandatory fine, and mandatory alcohol rehabilitation. Ouchies). PA, just below us, is far more lax when it comes to public drunkenness. Its up to the state where you live; if the state doesn't have laws, or the twon thinks the laws are too lax, they can had on more penalties.

Terlit_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Thank ya'll very much.

Trex_comp_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

In VA, it's 18.2-388 and County adopted 5-1-25. Class 4 Misd. VA penalties for DIP is no more than a $250 fine and court costs. But court can be avoided and prepaid at a $25 fine plus current court costs (which total $92 as of now... it'll increase after July 1)

But usually, it does depend on the subjects attitude. If they are problem children, guarenteed lock up. Otherwise, officers can use their discretion.


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