Plano Public Intoxication (P.I.) Lawyer

Public intoxication, or PI, is a criminal offense that occurs when a person becomes publicly intoxicated to the degree that he or she is a danger to themselves and others.

Public intoxication can apply to someone who has been using alcohol, drugs, or even both. The police officers have many different types of criteria to determine if a person is a danger to themselves or others. An individual could be vulnerable to robbery because of the state of inebriation that they are in. They could also be so intoxicated that they can ‘t stand up straight which could leave them liable to be hit by a car because of falling in the road. There are many things that could happen because the individual ‘s reasoning skills are slightly altered by the amount of alcohol in their system.

If a person is cited on a Public Intoxication charge, that person can anticipate spending, at the very least, 6 hours in jail to sober up before the police will release him or her. The police can also choose to release the intoxicated person to another adult who will from then on take responsibility for the person ‘s actions. The intoxicated person will receive a ticket before being released into the care of the other person.

Public intoxication is considered a Class C Misdemeanor and often has up to a $500 fine as a sentence. If the person is of age, there usually isn’t any jail time that is associated with it. However, if the offender is underage, the punishments can be the same as that person receiving an MIP or Minor in Possession.

If you or someone you know has received a ticket for a PI, you should contact Plano public intoxication lawyer Mark Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.


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