What is the Penalty for being Drunk in Public?

   In California the crime of drunk in public is a misdemeanor which carries a potential maximum jail sentence of up to 90 days in the local county jail. In addition to the penal consequences of the offense, many employers will consider the crime as being one that may deny a person a job or allow for advancements due to the nature of the offense. Some companies deem a drunk in public charge as being a sign the individual may have a drinking or alcohol abuse issue or some behavioral problem. Due to the potential deleterious consequences that drunk in public carries, always hire a lawyer to defend the charge, according to one Long Beach drunk in public defense attorney, Matthew Ruff, most of these types of charges can be dismissed if the lawyer gets hired soon after the incident so that negotiations can commence with the D.A. to resolve the case without jail, probation or a criminal conviction.

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