Drunk in Public/Public Intoxication (Penal Code Section 647(f))

This crime is commonly charged under Penal Code Section 647(f). The elements are the following:

  1. That the Defendant was willfully under the influence of alcohol/drugs; and
  2. The Defendant was in a public place; and
  3. The Defendant was unable to care for himself or others OR obstructed a road or sidewalk because he was under the influence.

Defenses: Someone can be intoxicated but not so intoxicated as to present a threat to himself or others. This is a point that can be argued with the District Attorney.

Contact Orange County defense attorney Katie Walsh if you need help with Drunk in Public/Public Intoxication or any other criminal matter.