Fairfax, Virginia:

Drunk in Public / Public Intoxication misdemeanor charge under Virginia Law 18.2-388 and Fairfax County Code 5-1-1, resulted in DROPPED charges at the first hearing. The client was able to maintain a clean record.


Fairfax County: Section 5-1-1. – Drunkenness and profane swearing.
(a) If any person profanely curse or swear or be drunk in public 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.
(b) If any person shall be convicted for being drunk in public three (3) times within one (1) year, such person shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.


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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Read more about Fairfax criminal defense attorney Marina Medvin, who represented this client and achieved this result.