Disorderly Intoxication

Florida relies on tourism perhaps more than any other State in our nation. Whether it’s a family trip to Disney or a group of college students cutting it loose for Spring Break, Florida is a relaxing destination for both Florida residents and those commuting here. For many a strong drink is a great way to relax and is part of their vacation plans. Often it is the case that one drinks too much and drives, ultimately getting a DUI or perhaps just gets a bit unruly at a bar or beach and gets charged with disorderly intoxication. Despite the charge, Tampa criminal lawyer Jason Mayberry has both prosecuted and defended those accused of alcohol or drug crimes. Often is the case of a beach goer or one who is downtown barhopping who drinks too much and becomes unruly. If this happens the police may make an arrest for disorderly intoxication if they believe the actions rise to a level where arrest is necessary. If this is the case, you need to contact an experienced Tampa criminal attorney as soon as possible to keep your record free of criminal offense. Our firm can help to get you the best possible result.

What is Disorderly Intoxication?

Florida Statute governs this charge under 856.011. Under this statute, a person can be guilty of this offense if the State Attorney’s Office can make a showing that you were intoxicated and endangered the safety of other persons or of property. This would cover an offense in a private or public area. A person can also commit this offense if they are in public and they are intoxicated and cause a public disturbance. Generally, if one is convicted of this offense they would be convicted of a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. However, if one is convicted three times in a 12 month period they may be ordered to attend up to 60 days of rehabilitative counseling. Though this charge is a second degree misdemeanor, the collateral impact of having convictions of the like are serious. If one appears to have an alcohol problem rising to the level of criminal activity, it could be very difficult for that person to earn employment, get a loan, or be approved to rent housing. Similarly to becoming a habitual traffic offender after three driving with a suspended license convictions, the collateral penalties for this crime could outweigh the direct penalties involved.

How Can We Help?

Regardless of the severity of a criminal accusation, the detrimental effect of merely having a criminal record is often immeasurable. For that reason, if you’re accused of an alcohol or narcotic related offense like disorderly intoxication it is imperative to hire a criminal attorney well versed in defending this charge. Our attorneys have defended numerous people accused of both alcohol related offenses in general and specifically disorderly intoxication. We treat all cases with the same care and concern, regardless of potential penalty. We are firm believers that in adopting this policy, our leave no stone unturned approach will allow us the best possible chance to earn you the best result. Whether it is a trial on the factual merits, earning a diversion offer for our client, or merely a monetary penalty so that our client’s record can be sealed later, we work tirelessly to ensure the best result is earned on behalf of our client.