How bad is a drinking in public misdemeanor? 9 Answers as of October 29, 2010

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Misdemeanors carry up to 6-12 months in jail [max] upon conviction. Typically a first offence and clean rap sheet can result in a modest fine and probation if handled correctly by your attorney. If serious about hiring counsel, feel free to contact me.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/29/2010
Law Offices of Phil Hache
Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
It depends on the circumstances. You can call me at the number below to discuss in more detail so I could give a better assessment of your case. Free consultation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/29/2010
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
It is not considered a serious crime, however it is still punishable by 6 months jail and $1000. And it goes on your criminal record just like any other crime. We can usually avoid a conviction on a first offense. Call my office if you want to retain counsel or have questions.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/29/2010
Donrad Law Offices
Donrad Law Offices | Sean Donrad
Not bad.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/29/2010
The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann | Christopher J. McCann
Possessing an Open Container in public is only an infraction that subjects you to a couple hundred dollars in fines at the most. Public Intoxication however can be a misdemeanor that can subject you to jail, fine and probation, though it is highly unusual to get jail time in such a case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/28/2010
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen | Robert L. Driessen
    You will most likely be charged with a 647(f). The good news is that many times you can work out a deal with the DA to get a dismissal in these cases. You should speak to an attorney in your area.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/28/2010
    Alanna D. Coopersmith, Attorney at Law
    Alanna D. Coopersmith, Attorney at Law | Alanna D. Coopersmith
    Very minor. But: they are also VERY winnable. If you have a clean criminal record, and want to keep it that way, fight it!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/28/2010
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    A PC 647(f) charge can often be reduced to an infraction by an attorney. You should explore the possibility of fighting it as opposed to just pleading guilty to a misdemeanor, which is a criminal record.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/28/2010
    Law Offices of Juan Dotson
    Law Offices of Juan Dotson | Juan Dotson
    Drinking in public is a low-level misdemeanor. So low, that your attorney may be able to convince the city attorney (or district attorney) not to file a criminal case if your case is presented promptly and properly. Call an attorney and make an appointment today. If you have priors for the same offense, you will have a difficult time preventing another criminal filing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/28/2010
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