A Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains How Alcohol Can Lead To Trouble Even if You’re Not Driving
Call Yavitch & Palmer if you’re charged with disorderly conduct
The horror stories. The commercials. The frightening statistics.
You’ve made up your mind. From now on, you’ll begin walking to your neighborhood bar instead of driving. No sense in taking any chances, right?It’s a great idea, but you need to remember that not being in a vehicle doesn’t make you magically immune from all of the potential trouble that alcohol can get you into.
Public intoxication in Ohio
Simply being over the legal limit in a public location actually isn’t a crime in Ohio. However, if your drunkenness causes you to be loud, aggressive, violent or otherwise socially inappropriate, you may be charged with drunk and disorderly conduct.
The penalty for being charged with disorderly conduct is generally a fine of approximately $150. However, if you are charged with aggravated disorderly conduct, you may receive a steeper fine or even some jail time.
Other crimes associated with public intoxication
Simply walking home from the bar while drunk isn’t a crime by itself. However, alcohol can make people do things they otherwise wouldn’t by way of clouded judgement and altering moods, such as:
Vandalism – While walking on the sidewalk on the way home from a bar, you may notice a flower pot on someone’s porch steps that’s begging for a swift kick. Be forewarned, destroying or defacing property that isn’t yours is considered vandalism, and can potentially result in community service, fines, probation and even jail time.
Public urination – One of the well known side-effects of inebriation is the need to urinate frequently. It’s our body’s way of flushing out the toxins we’ve poured into ourselves. That being said, on your way home from the bar, it’s not uncommon to feel the urge to go. However, it’s always best to hold it until you get home or find an establishment that has a proper bathroom. If you are caught urinating in public, you may be charged with disorderly conduct, or even worse, public indecency, which could land you on a sex offender list.
Disturbing the peace – When drunk, you may not be aware of the volume of your own voice, especially if you’re in the company of friends. In a group, you may all be attempting to talk over each other, or passionately arguing about a sports team with realizing that you’re essentially screaming. If someone hears you and calls the police, you may be charged with disturbing the peace, which could lead to hefty fines and even jail time.
If you’re stopped and arrested, call our Columbus criminal defense lawyers
If you plan on drinking to excess at a nearby bar, walking is an infinitely better idea than driving. Just make sure to keep yourself under control, and respect others and their property.
However, if you’ve been arrested and charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, call the experienced Columbus criminal defense lawyers at Yavitch & Palmer. They’ll look through every aspect of your case, listen to your side of the story, and work to get your charges reduced or completely thrown out.
Call Yavitch & Palmer at 614-224-6142, or use our contact form to schedule an appointment at our downtown Columbus office.