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IN OHIO, PUBLIC INTOXICATION IS NOT ITSELF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE UNDER STATE LAW
OHIO PUBLIC INTOXICATION CHARGES: DRUNK AND DISORDERLY CONDUCTIn Ohio, public intoxication is not technically a criminal offense — at least at the statewide level. Though, local jurisdictions sometimes have their own, more strict laws on the books. However, at the statewide level, public intoxication in Ohio is charged under Ohio Rev. Code § 2917.11. This is the state’s disorderly conduct statute. Under this law, a person can be charged with a crime if they are voluntarily intoxicated and they do either of the following two things in a public place:
- Engage in conduct that is likely to be offensive, inconvenient, annoying, or alarming to a sensible person; or
- Engage in conduct that creates risk to another person, the offender, or to private/public property.
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THE PENALTIES FOR DRUNK AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT IN OHIO
YOU WILL GENERALLY BE FACING A MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE PUNISHABLE BY A $150 FINEIf you have been charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, you will generally be facing a misdemeanor offense. Generally, this a minor misdemeanor that is punishable by a $150 fine and does not carry any jail time. Though this may not seem like a serious offense, you generally should not plead guilty without speaking to a lawyer. You do not want a criminal record. Notably, if your public intoxication offense is upgraded to ‘aggravated disorderly conduct’, then you need to contact an experienced Toledo defense lawyer immediately. Aggravated disorderly conduct can be punished by up to 30 days in jail.
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