In the state of Indiana, public intoxication charges used to be treated as a “catch-all” for prosecutors to impose when police lacked sufficient evidence for other violations. Unlike the laws that prohibit drinking and driving—for example—officers could arrest someone for public intoxication regardless of their blood alcohol concentration.
However, due to a public intoxication law created in 2012, law enforcement personnel are now required to prove that the suspect’s impairment was:
Although this law opened the door to new defenses against public intoxication charges, the penalties of a conviction remain severe. Read on for a brief overview of the penalties for public intoxication in Indiana:
In Indiana, public intoxication is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
There are several strategies for fighting charges of public intoxication in Indiana. Possible defenses include arguing that you:
The best defense will depend on the circumstances of your arrest. Regardless of what actually happened and which defense strategy applies to your situation, it is essential that you document everything.
Write down what you remember about the incident as soon as possible, and ask any friends or relatives who witnessed the arrest to do the same. You should also look for ways to substantiate whatever you were doing prior to the arrest. For example, if you were drinking at a bar but only consumed two cocktails over the course of two hours, the receipt for the transaction may contribute to the strength of your defense.
If you are facing charges for public intoxication, turn to Ball Eggleston for legal guidance. We will listen to your version of events, investigate your arrest, and aggressively defend your rights.
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