Public Intoxication lawyer

Grand Prairie PI

Public Intoxication (P.I.) charges are handed down when a person is intoxicated or drunk to the degree that he or she is a danger to him/herself or to another person. This charge can apply to both alcohol and drugs. Drugs include prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and even aerosol sprays.

When giving a PI ticket, the police use several tests to determine if a person is going to hurt himself or herself or another person. These judgments are whether the person in question is drunk to the point of being vulnerable to robbery or assault; being drunk to the point that attempting to drive home could foresee ably not end well; falling over drunk; starting a fight; and throwing things. Falling over drunk puts an individual at risk of falling into the road and being hit or run over by a car while walking home.

When a person is given a Public Intoxication citation, he or she can expect to spend a minimum of 6 hours in jail. The police can release the intoxicated individual to an adult who then assumes responsibility for any of the ticketed individual ‘s subsequent actions that evening.

Much like MIC and MIP, PI is a Class C Misdemeanor. It carries a fine of up to $500. If the intoxicated individual is a minor as well, the terms of punishment is the same as if the person is charged with an MIP.

If you have been charged with public intoxication, contact Grand Prairie Public Intoxication lawyer Mark Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

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