Public Drunkenness Charges

Ā§ 5505. Public drunkenness and similar misconduct.

A person is guilty of a summary offense if he appears in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, except those taken pursuant to the lawful order of a practitioner, to the degree that he may endanger himself or other persons or property, or annoy persons in his vicinity.

Public drunkenness charges are common in the downtown State College, PA area and on the Penn State University campus. When you combine 40,000 students and the social life that follows, police enforcement of public drunkenness is inevitable. We usually advise our clients to consume alcohol in moderation, if over the age of 21, and to avoid going out in public on occasions where alcohol consumption gets excessive

We also realize our advice is great in theory, but things can be much harder to put into practice. That’s why our firm offers decades of experience in helping resolveĀ  public drunkenness charges for Penn State students and their parents.

Contact us to arrange a free consultation on your public drunkenness case. It may make sense to simply pay a fine and move on with life, or there could be other circumstances that warrant a different approach. Either way, we’ll work with you and your family to uncover all of the facts and to build the best criminal defense possible.

Learn about the other alcohol-related charges in which we specialize. We realize that in many instances, State College and Penn State law officials will issue multiple charges in a single situation. We can help you resolve all of your legal issues at the same time.


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