PC 647(f) – Drunk in Public

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California Penal Code § 647(f) refers to California's drunk in public law. PC 647 encompasses several various laws for the crime of disorderly conduct. Various actions – including lewd acts and "squatting" – are included in in this statute. Section f, however, refers specifically to the offense of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs in public. This charge is sometimes referred to drunk and disorderly, drunk in public, or public intoxication.

Being drunk in public is not enough to warrant an arrest or criminal charge. According to PC 647(f), persons can be charged with a crime if they:

  • Are in a condition where they are unable to exercise care for their own safety or the safety of others; or
  • Interferes with or obstructs the free use of a street, sidewalk, or other public way.

PC 647(f) is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months imprisonment, or both. Our legal team has experience in representing clients charged with drunk and public, and are prepared to create effective defense strategies that result in dropped or reduced charges. As we know that having a drunk in public conviction on one's criminal record may create future burdens and setbacks, we fight diligently for our clients' freedoms and futures.

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