Orlando Disorderly Intoxication Defense Attorney
According to Florida Statute 856.011, the crime of Disorderly Intoxication is a broad catch-all crime utilized by police to arrest intoxicated and unruly persons.
Disorderly Intoxication is defined as, a person that is intoxicated and “endangers the safety of another person or property, and no person in the state shall be intoxicated or drink any alcoholic beverage in a public place or in or upon any public conveyance and cause a public disturbance.
Minor or annoying conduct while intoxicated will not support a Disorderly Intoxication conviction.
Elements of Affray
In order to obtain a conviction for Disorderly Intoxication, Orange County prosecutors must prove four factual elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
Caused a public disturbance;
That endangers another person or property;
While intoxicated; and
Did so while in a public place.
Disorderly Intoxication is a second degree misdemeanor. It may result in:
- Up to sixty (60) days in jail;
- Up to six (6) months of probation; and
- Up to $500 in fines.
Disorderly Intoxication charges can be combated on several different levels. Two common defenses are included here:
- The person was not so unruly that their conduct rose above a simple annoyance or minor nuisance.
- If the person causing the disturbance did so at a private place they were invited to and is not endangering others.
We all have bad days, and if a good time turned into future prosecution for Disorderly Intoxicated you need to be sure you have a good lawyer on your side. Facing Disorderly Intoxication charges can be tricky without the proper representation. For a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orlando, contact Sercombe Law. We routinely handle matters in Orange County and nearby jurisdictions.