Disorderly Intoxication


SHORSTEIN, LASNETSKI, & GIHON
helps people defend against
Disorderly Intoxication
allegations.
Whether you had a few too many and got a little rowdy or you had an argument with someone and were arrested, but weren't intoxicated, SLG Law can help you with your disorderly intoxication case.

What is Disorderly Intoxication?

Disorderly Intoxication is defined in Florida Statute Section 859.011.  To prove the crime of Disorderly Intoxication, the State must prove:
  • You were intoxicated, and
  • you endangered the safety of another person or property,

OR

  • You were intoxicated or drank any alcoholic beverage in a  public place or in or upon a public conveyance, and
  • you caused a public disturbance. 

What does "intoxication" mean?

Intoxication means drunk. 

"Intoxication" means more than merely being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.  Intoxication means that the defendant must have been so affected from the drinking of an alcoholic beverage as to have lost or been deprived of the normal control of either your body or your mental faculties, or both.  Intoxication is synonymous with "drunk." 

What is a "public place?"

A "public place" is a  place where the public has a right to be and to go.

What is the potential sentence for Disorderly Intoxication?

Disorderly Intoxication is a Second Degree Misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail.

What are possible defenses to Disorderly Intoxication?

The most common defenses to Disorderly Intoxication are that you were not intoxicated, did not endanger people or property, or in the case of a public place, you did not cause a public disturbance.  This law is very broad and arguably encompasses some conduct and speech protected by the Constitution.  There also may be pretrial diversion or negotiation options available that provide for the State dropping the charges and you being able to expunge your record.  Give us a call to discuss the possible options in your Disorderly Intoxication case. 

If you or a loved one has been arrested for or accused of
Disorderly Intoxication,

Call Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon Now!

904-642-3332 (Jacksonville)
 
or

407-228-2019 (Orlando). 

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