It doesn’t take much to be arrested and charged with Park City public intoxication. In fact, virtually every person having a good time on Main Street on a weekend night could face public intoxication charges. You could potentially be charged with public intoxication at a sports game where alcohol is sold, a tailgate party, a street fair, or just about any public place where alcohol is allowed.
Being charged with public intoxication can be embarrassing because you must deal with the criminal charges. If you are from out-of-town or outside of the state, your charges become exponentially more difficult to deal with. Having a strong Park City public intoxication attorney from Conyers & Nix by your side is essential to obtaining the best outcome possible. We are highly experienced attorneys who have handled many cases just like yours. We know the best defense to present and how to present it. We know how to investigate the charges and sift through the evidence against you.
We will fight on your behalf from beginning to end. We will be the advocates in your corner who believe in you and your future. Our team of attorneys, Kate Conyers and Jesse Nix, will assist you with their top-notch legal skills, extensive criminal defense experience, and compassion for your current situation. We understand that good people make mistakes and that one mistake shouldn’t define you or derail your future. Don’t leave charges of public intoxication to chance—contact a Park City public intoxication attorney as quickly as possible.
Is Public Intoxication in Utah a Criminal Offense?
Yes. Under Utah law, a person is guilty of public intoxication if they are under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or any “substance having the property of releasing toxic vapors,” and such influence could either endanger others or themselves on public property, or is unreasonably disturbing others on private property.
Example: you are leaving a celebration where you had a few alcoholic beverages and are walking home. A police officer may smell alcohol on you and could decide to question you. If you become even a bit belligerent with the officer—because you don’t think you are doing anything wrong—you could find yourself charged with public intoxication.
About Public Intoxication Charges in Utah
While it may seem like you could be charged with public intoxication just for having a few drinks, an inebriated person must also “pose a threat to himself or others” to be charged with public intoxication in a public area. As you might imagine, “posing a threat” can be an incredibly subjective phrase. A police officer might determine you were posing a threat to yourself or others simply because you stumbled and bumped into another person.
Can You Go to Jail for Public Intoxication?
Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor in Utah. A conviction for a Class C misdemeanor carries a potential sentence of up to 90 days in jail and a fine as large as $750. While you may think a Class C misdemeanor is not serious, the misdemeanor would cause you to have a criminal record that any potential employer would be able to see.
Instead of going at this alone, consult a Park City public intoxication attorney from Conyers & Nix who will fight to keep you out of jail and work hard to have your charges or sentence reduced, or even to have the charges dropped entirely. A first-offense public intoxication charge may result in 12 months of unsupervised probation, a fine, a substance abuse evaluation, and a conviction on your record.
How to Fight a Public Intoxication Charge in Utah
While your specific defense will depend on the circumstances surrounding your public intoxication charges, some of the more common defenses include the following:
- If you were in public, you presented no danger to yourself or others. The prosecutor must prove you were actually a danger, not a potential danger. A persuasive Park City public intoxication attorney can really make a difference in this situation.
- You acted in self-defense, so intoxication does not matter.
- If you were on private property, you were not being unduly loud or unruly.
- The arresting officer did not properly follow the law or violated your civil rights in some manner during your arrest.
What Should You Do if You Are From Out-of-State and Are Charged With Public Intoxication in Park City?
Perhaps you were in Park City for a social occasion—a wedding, a festival, a ski trip, a family reunion, or a major event like the Sundance Film Festival—when you were charged with public intoxication. If you live outside of Utah, charges like this could turn into a major ordeal. You could be forced to return to the area at your own expense for court appearances, and if you were ordered to spend some time in jail, your life could get really complicated.
This is definitely a time when you need to contact the Conyers & Nix legal team of Kate Conyers and Jesse Nix. We understand the urgency of the situation and what is at stake for you, so we will immediately take action to minimize the fallout from your Park City public intoxication charges.
Why Should You Hire a Park City Public Intoxication Lawyer?
Although it may seem as though public intoxication charges are relatively minor, a conviction for this crime could cause you a significant number of issues. Not only could you potentially spend some time in jail, but you will also have a criminal record that potential employers will see, and you may take a hit on your reputation as well. A prosecutor may try to force you into a plea deal—especially if you live outside of Utah—or even charge you with an additional crime like disorderly conduct in order to prove the public intoxication charges.
Speak to a knowledgeable attorney who has handled cases like this before you speak to the police or the prosecutor. Once you have spoken to a Park City public intoxication lawyer from Conyers & Nix, you can rest easy knowing we will work hard on your behalf to minimize the consequences of a public intoxication charge. The Conyers & Nix legal team will evaluate the evidence to determine if your charges should be dropped entirely, or to negotiate a plea deal that benefits you.
How Does a Conyers & Nix Park City Public Intoxication Attorney Help?
Park City public intoxication attorneys Kate Conyers & Jesse Nix are ready and qualified to help you get through these charges. Kate and Jesse met while working at Salt Lake Legal Defenders, the most experienced and recognized criminal defense firm in Utah. We have represented thousands of clients charged with criminal offenses; our vast experience in the courtroom benefits each and every client.
We are passionate about helping others and devoted to the practice of criminal defense. When you choose Conyers & Nix, you hire a team that provides you with the significant advantage of two highly skilled, highly successful legal advocates working on your case, and representing you at trial. Contact Conyers & Nix today.