According to section 856.011 Florida Statutes, the crime of disorderly intoxication is defined as, a person that is intoxicated and “endanger[s] the safety of another person or property, and no person in the state shall be intoxicated or drink any alcoholic beverage in a public place or in or upon any public conveyance and cause a public disturbance.”
Disorderly intoxication is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail, six (6) months probation and a $500.00 fine.
The statute allowing police officers to arrest people for disorderly intoxication is extremely broad. Being drunk in public by itself is perfectly legal. Being loud, in and of itself, is not crime either. However, once someone is visibly intoxicated and causes a public disturbance that endangers the safety of others and causes a crowd to form, you may face the charge of disorderly intoxication.
People charged with the crime of disorderly intoxication do not tend to be hardened criminals. Most of the time they are individuals having a bad day dealing with the potential consequences of making a bad decision as a result of the consumption of alcohol. Despite being a less serious crime, the crime of disorderly intoxication should not be taken lightly as there are still harsh consequences one faces when charged with this crime. It is imperative to seek the help of a Miami criminal defense attorney that will ensure your rights are protected.
Led by attorney Daniel Izquierdo, the Izquierdo Law Firm will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected. I understand that any person charged with a crime is innocent until they are proven guilty. Izquierdo Law Firm will seek justice in your case and do so in an Aggressive, Personalized and Compassionate manner.
No matter how severe the charge may be, the consequences that may result are serious–both in the short term and long term. Izquierdo Law Firm, a Miami Criminal Defense Law Firm, understands the stress that this can cause a person and their loved ones.