If I was arrested for Disorderly Intoxication and now have to appear in court, what should I expect?

This is my first ever offense and have a clean record otherwise. I have a court date in a month and just want to know what to expect or do. I was not causing a scene, or harm to any others, simply walking to the gas station after a few drinks, and did not drive, so I thought I was being responsible. I tripped over a speed bump, in a shopping plaza that was not even a 2 minute walk from my apartment, that is why the cop stopped me. He didn’t let me walk home even though I was so close to home. What are the typical outcomes of first time offenders in these cases and what do I need to know to be prepared for my court date?

Asked on June 26, 2014 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

Maury Beaulier / MinnesotaLawyers.com

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

First, you would be wise to retain counsel.

Second, it is likely a low level offense where jail time is unlikely, but , if convicted, you would face fines nd, possibly havinbg a chemical dependency evaluation. 

With the assistance of an attorney, on a first offense, often a criminal record can be avoided with a Stay of Prosecution.  You may find the cost of counsel well worth it in the long run to preserve your record. 


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