Under the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, public drunkenness is an offense that occurs when a person poses a danger to himself or herself or those around him or her because they drank too much. If you find yourself under arrest and charged with public drunkenness, you need the services of a Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney.
A person who is exceedingly drunk and threatens others at a bar or one who blocks a road or a thoroughfare or even disrupts a lawful meeting or gathering can be booked for this crime. If convicted, the accused would need to serve a jail sentence and/or pay steep fines. Also, a conviction can hurt a person’s stature in the community and create a criminal record. If you or someone close to you has been charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, you should immediately contact a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney who is trained in DUI law.
What You Need to Know
What most people don’t realize is that the law for drunk and disorderly behavior is pretty strict in the State of Pennsylvania. If convicted, a person may end up spending months behind bars. Here are some of the things that you need to know about Drunk and Disorderly conduct offenses:
- A person can be charged with public drunkenness in a public place even if he or she poses no danger to others.
- If the incident doesn’t involve injury or loss of property, a person can be charged with a summary offense which can result in ninety days of imprisonment and/or fines ranging between $25 and $1500.
- If the accused has been charged with a similar offense in the past and has caused injury to others in a drunken state, he or she can be charged with a misdemeanor of the third degree which carries a prison sentence of up to one year and fines of up to $2500.
- This charge can often be paired with other offenses, and the prosecution would demand the strictest possible sentence.
What Must the Prosecution Prove?
In order for a prosecutor to win a case of drunk and disorderly conduct, he must prove two things:
- That you intended to cause public alarm, annoyance, or inconvenience, or recklessly did one of the three, and
- That you did one of the following things:
- Used language that was considered to be obscene
- Made gestures with your body or hands that were considered to be obscene
- Participated in a fight or threatened to fight someone
- Used any means to create a physically offensive or dangerous situation that did not serve a legitimate purpose
- Created an amount of noise that was believed to be unreasonable
How can a Lawyer Help You?
Our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys at Logue Law Group have, for more than a decade, represented hundreds of people charged with drunk and disorderly conduct. As your attorney, my associates and I won't allow these charges to ruin your future and create a permanent criminal record. We will carefully examine all the evidence against you and create a strong, compelling defense to have these charges dismissed. We will call all witnesses for cross-examination and discredit their testimony in the court. We will do everything to protect your rights and honor.
You cannot afford to take a Drunk and Disorderly conduct charge in the Pittsburgh area lightly as a conviction can result in a permanent criminal record. We at Logue Law Group will do whatever it takes to prove that you were innocent of the charges against you, and that you have been charged by overzealous police officers.
Don’t delay! Waiting to hire a Pittsburgh attorney can result in a poorer outcome for your case than you deserve.
If you want to discuss your case regarding Drunk and Disorderly conduct, come to the office of Logue Law Group for a free consultation. You can call us at (412) 612-2210 or 412-389-0805, or contact us online.
The Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorneys at Logue Law Group serve Pittsburgh and the counties surrounding it, as well as Ohio and West Virginia.