Charged with Public Intoxication?

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  • Avoid Jail Time – Depending on the nature of the charges and your criminal background, you may be not be required to serve any additional days in jail.

  • Determine Diversion / Dismissal Eligibility – Depending on the county, crime, and your criminal background, you may be eligible for a Pre-Trial Diversion, or other dismissal of the criminal charges filed against you.

  • Understand Potential Penalties: If convicted of public intoxication, you may face consequences such as jail time, fines, and/or probation. Additionally, a public intoxication conviction can have long-term effects on your personal and professional life, including difficulty finding employment or housing.

  • Potential Defenses ​-  We understand the complexities of public intoxication cases and can review the evidence against you to develop a defense strategy based on to your specific situation.

  • Plea Bargain Options – Contact a skilled negotiator to learn about potential plea bargains and how you can minimize the impact of a Public Intoxication conviction on your life, career, and finances.

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Knowledgeable Indiana Public Intoxication Lawyer

At Avnet Law, we understand that Public Intoxication charges can have consequences. The fines, costs, and penalties associated with public intoxication charges can result in jail time, fines, and/or probation.  If you are facing public intoxication charges, it is crucial to speak with an experienced attorney who can provide you with the best defense possible. Contact us today at 877-772-8638 to speak with a knowledgeable Indiana public intoxication lawyer who can help you protect your rights and freedom.

What is the potential charges for Public Intoxication in Indiana?

The charge for Public Intoxication in Indiana is classified as a Class B Misdemeanor.  But, remember that being intoxicated in public is not enough to support a public intoxication charge in Indiana.  Instead, there are certain elements that are necessary for the state to prove in order to convict you of Public Intoxication in Indiana.  You should speak to an Indiana Public Intoxication Lawyer to determine the defenses that may be applicable to your case.

The elements that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be convicted of Public Intoxication in Indiana are:

  • Intoxication: The prosecution must establish that you were under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicating substance. This can be demonstrated through your appearance, behavior, or by chemical testing, such as a breathalyzer or blood test.

  • Public location: The prosecution must show that you were in a public place during the time of the alleged offense. Public places can include streets, sidewalks, parks, stores, restaurants, or any other location that is generally accessible to the public. It is important to note that in some instances, private property might also be considered a public place.

  • Endangerment, breach of peace, or disturbance: The prosecution must prove that, as a result of your intoxication, you either:

    a. Endangered your own life or the life of someone else: This can include engaging in dangerous or reckless behavior that poses a risk to you or others around you;

    b. Breached the peace or were about to breach the peace: This may involve causing a public disturbance or participating in disorderly conduct, such as fighting, yelling, or engaging in other disruptive behavior; or

    c. Harassed, annoyed, or alarmed another person: This can include engaging in actions that cause others to feel threatened, disturbed, or uncomfortable, such as making inappropriate comments, stalking, or acting aggressively.

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Sentencing Guidelines for Public Intoxication Convictions in Indiana:

Level/Class Sentences (Min. – Max.) Advisory Sentence Potential Fine
Class B Misdemeanor 0 Days – 180 Days $0 – $5,000

Potential Defnses To Public Intoxication Charges

After being arrested or charged with Public Intoxication, you should contact an experienced Indiana Public Intoxication Lawyer to review the specific facts of your case.  However, some potential defenses include:

  1. Lack of Intoxication: You may argue that you were not intoxicated at the time of the alleged offense. This could be supported by witness testimony, surveillance footage, or the results of a chemical test, such as a breathalyzer or blood test.
  2. Not in a Public Place:  If you can prove that you were on private property or in a non-public area when the alleged incident occurred, you may be able to argue that the charge of public intoxication does not apply. However, keep in mind that some private properties may still be considered public places in certain circumstances.
  3. No Endangerment, Breach of Peace, or Disturbance: If you can demonstrate that your alleged intoxication did not endanger anyone’s life, breach the peace, or harass, annoy, or alarm another person, you may be able to argue that the prosecution cannot prove all the elements required for a public intoxication conviction.
  4. Insufficient Evidence: If the prosecution cannot prove all the elements of public intoxication beyond a reasonable doubt, you may be acquitted of the charge.

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At Avnet Law, our Indiana Public Intoxication Lawyers can provide you with skilled representation.

Some Indiana Communities we serve include:

  • Indianapolis

  • Carmel

  • Fishers

  • Noblesville

  • Westfield

  • Cicero

  • Tipton

  • Greenwood

  • Franklin

  • Zionsville


While we have provided some information regarding Public Intoxication in Indiana on this page for information purposes, this is NOT a substitute for speaking with a qualified Indiana Public Intoxication Lawyer.

Avnet Law understand the issues and can advise clients regarding the laws and procedures surrounding Public Intoxication Charges in Indiana.  Avnet Law represents clients in criminal cases in Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Indianapolis, the surrounding counties, and throughout central Indiana.