Client was facing criminal charges for an incident with an Uber driver. Class 1 jailable Misdemeanor Failure to Pay for Rental Vehicle with intent to Defraud under Va Code 18.2-206 and a Class 4 Public Intoxication charge (Va Law 18.2-388, Alexandria Code 13-1-5). Both charges were DROPPED at the first hearing.

Courthouse: City of Alexandria General District Court District Court, 520 King St, Alexandria, Virginia

§ 18.2-206. Procuring an animal, aircraft, vehicle or boat with intent to defraud.
If any person procure any such animal, aircraft, vehicle, boat or vessel mentioned in § 18.2-149 by fraud or by misrepresenting himself as some other person or with the intent to cheat or defraud such other person, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The failure to pay the rental for or damage to such animal, aircraft, vehicle, boat or vessel, or absconding without paying such rental or damage, shall be prima facie evidence of the intent to defraud at the time of renting or leasing such animal, aircraft, vehicle, boat or vessel.

§ 18.2-388. Profane swearing and intoxication in public; penalty
If any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor. In any area in which there is located a court-approved detoxification center a law-enforcement officer may authorize the transportation, by police or otherwise, of public inebriates to such detoxification center in lieu of arrest; however, no person shall be involuntarily detained in such center.

Read more about Drunk in Public Law here: VIRGINIA DRUNK IN PUBLIC LAW | A criminal defense lawyer’s explanation of drunk in public charges and arrest requirements

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