What is Disorderly Intoxication?

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2019 | Firm News

There is a common misconception that when it comes to alcohol consumption, the only risk involves getting behind the steering wheel. Unfortunately, some Fort Myers area tourists and residents learn the hard way after receiving a disorderly intoxication charge. There are limits to what they can legally do, especially with the involvement of alcohol. 

For someone to receive a disorderly conduct charge after consuming alcohol, she or he must show signs of impairment and act in a manner that endangers public and property safety or causes a disturbance. Even if slightly impaired, you could still end up in criminal court. 

What are the penalties for disorderly intoxication charge? 

A disorderly impairment charge is a second-degree misdemeanor. In addition to facing up to 60 days in jail, there is a hefty fine. It is not uncommon for some alleged offenders to receive assault and battery criminal charges when their actions become violent and threatening to others. 

What happens if there are previous charges? 

A second-degree misdemeanor involving alcohol is no less severe than a DUI. The penalties of one disorderly intoxication charge may not be too severe. However, repeat charges can affect your reputation and credibility, your options for employment and housing, voting rights and more. Also, if there is an existing criminal record, the courts may use that to leverage additional criminal charges that could land you behind bars for years. 

Many people take for granted the seriousness of disorderly charge until they become habitual offenders. If you face disorderly intoxication charges, you should take immediate action to improve your situation and possibly reduce the number of criminal charges pending against you. Though you may feel you have an accurate recollection of the events leading to your arrest, alcohol affects cognitive and motor skills. It is likely you may have threatened or harmed someone or something in the process.