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Disorderly Conduct

People who are visibly intoxicated in public can be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Although this does not seem like a serious offense, it can impact your life for years into the future. If you or someone you know has been arrested for disorderly conduct in Orange County, an experienced attorney can help with your case.

Orange County defense lawyer, William Weinberg is an experienced attorney who has successfully defended hundreds of clients, including those who have been charged with disorderly conduct. Mr. Weinberg is a zealous advocate for the clients that he represents and has a track record of proven results. Mr. Weinberg takes the time to individually review each potential client’s case to provide a plan that works best for their circumstances.

Although disorderly conduct is only a misdemeanor charge, it is still a serious offense and will appear on your criminal record, which could make things like finding employment more difficult for you in the future.

In California, it is a crime to engage in disorderly conduct per California Penal Code section 647. Police particularly crack down on disorderly conduct in some of the beach cities of Orange County, where there may be more people “partying” on the beach or frequenting the bars and walking on the boardwalks. Police often target people who appear to be intoxicated and subsequently arrest them for disorderly conduct. This charge is also referred to as “drunk in public” and can be used by police officers to arrest intoxicated people who are creating problems in a public place.

Drunk in Public

Specifically, California Penal Code Section 647(f) refers to charges of “drunk in public” or “public intoxication.” Although it sounds like you can be arrested for simply being intoxicated in a public place, this is not the case. In order to be arrested for a drunk in public charge, the person must be intoxicated in a public location to a point where they were not able to care for themselves or others, or if they were obstructing some type of public property, like a sidewalk or a street.

In order to convict someone for a drunk in public charge, the prosecution must prove:

  1. The defendant was willfully intoxicated,
  2. When the defendant was intoxicated, they were in a public place; and
  3. The defendant was unable to care for themselves/others or the defendant was obstructing a public way.

Other crimes that are similar to and may be charged in addition to disorderly conduct include disturbing the peace (California Penal Code section 415), trespass (California Penal Code section 602), rioting (California Penal section 404), and refusing to disperse (California Penal Code section 416).

Orange County defense attorney William Weinberg is an experienced lawyer in Orange County who has many years of experience defending clients charged with disorderly conduct. He will consider your case free of charge and advise you of your options. To reach him please contact his Irvine office at (949) 474-8008 or by emailing him at bill@williamweinberg.com.

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