856.011 Disorderly Intoxication
Fort Lauderdale/Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Bradford Cohen has experience in many areas of disorderly conduct, specifically disorderly intoxication. Bradford is commonly asked, “What is disorderly Intoxication?” It is a crime in the State of Florida to be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property. Also, it is a crime for a person to be intoxicated or drink any alcoholic beverage in a public place and cause a public disturbance.
Another common question Bradford is asked is what degree of crime is it? The Statue says that any person found guilty of disorderly intoxication will have committed a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in Florida Statute 775.082 or Florida Statute 775.083.
So the next question is what is a misdemeanor of the second degree? Misdemeanors of the second degree may be the least serious misdemeanors in Florida, but a conviction can result in a jail term of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500. That’s why if you have been arrested or charged with this crime your first call should be to our office at 1888COHENLAW.
Many people accumulate more than one of these types of offenses over time. Defense Lawyer Bradford is regularly asked the question what if I have been charged with this crime before? Does it matter how many times? Essentially the statute says that any person who has been convicted three times in the previous 12 months is considered a habitual offender and the court can commit you to a treatment center for a period of up to 60 days. Also, the statute states that any officer, in lieu of incarcerating an intoxicated person for a violation, may take or send the intoxicated person to her or his home or to a public or private health facility. That’s why your first call after being charged with this crime should be to our office at 1888COHENLAW for your free consultation.
It could be that when charged with disorderly intoxication the officers are wring in accessing your condition. There have been cases in the past where an individual was drugged, or had a medical condition that made it appear that the person was under the influence of something. In those cases it is important to hire a criminal lawyer immediately. Often the day after the Defendant can take a drug test to see what was in his or her system, or provide medical records to explain their behavior. If we get those records and or results to the State Attorney’s office, it can often benefit your case positively. That is why it is important to know the next steps after you get arrested, to put your case in the most favorable light to the State Attorney.
Here at Bradford Cohen Law we want to help you in your Disorderly Intoxication case. We will aggressively fight the charges pending against you. Call our office at 1888COHENLAW to discuss your case and let our law firm use our years of experience in Criminal Defense assist you in obtaining a fruitful resolution to your case whether you are in the Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Dade or West Palm Beach areas. Bradford Cohen has been very successful in defending these types of crimes throughout his career