Bedford Public Intoxication Lawyer
You’re careful not to drink and drive, so you may think that you’re set when it comes to the law. The fact is, however, that public intoxication (PI) charges can apply when you’re simply leaving a pub to hop in your rideshare – or are doing practically anything else. In fact, public intoxication charges are exceptionally common, and a conviction can lead to serious consequences.
The charge of PI comes down to the officer involved forming an opinion – rather than evaluating specific requirements – which makes it a highly subjective matter. If the officer doesn’t like your attitude, for example, it could tip the scale in terms of whether or not you’ll be charged with public intoxication. If you never drink and drive, there is very little chance that you’ll ever be changed with DWI, but making it your policy never to be drunk in public is not enough to safeguard you from PI charges.
Walking home after having dinner and a glass or two of wine should not lead to public intoxication charges, but it’s not unheard of. Other common examples of overzealous policing in relation to PI charges include arresting people as they leave bars or restaurants – and sorting the legalities out later. Knowing and protecting your rights is key, and having an experienced Bedford public intoxication lawyer on your side is a great place to start.
When I opened the Fulgham Law Firm – a boutique criminal defense firm – more than a decade ago, it was on the heels of a career as an assistant DA in Tarrant County. In other words, I’m well acquainted with the inner workings of the prosecution. In fact, our legal team includes five additional former prosecutors, and we take a fresh approach to criminal defense that includes carefully assessing the specifics of each case, considering every case from the perspective of the prosecutor, building solid defenses that are difficult to refute, and fiercely advocating for every client’s rights – in pursuit of optimal case resolutions.