Section 18.2-388 of the Virginia Code prohibits swearing or being intoxicated in a public place. "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."
A conviction for public intoxication will not result in jail time. As such, it may be tempting to simply pay the fine and avoid going to court. By paying the fine, however, you are admitting to the charge and as a result you will have a criminal record. That criminal record will have a long lasting effect on your employment and educational opportunities.
Free Case EvaluationWe offer a free initial case evaluation. We will be able to discuss the charges you are facing, our fees, and an overview of the services we will be able to provide you. There are options in the law that your defense lawyer may be able to use to get your charges completely dismissed. This can greatly benefit first-time offenders, as it means his or her record remains clean of criminal charges. Our office is located in downtown Charlottesville, next to the courthouses. Our criminal lawyers are in the local courts, in front of the local judges,and discussing cases with the local prosecutors several days of every week. Call today at (434) 972-9600 or contact us using the form below.
Davidson and Kitzmann, PLC
211 E High Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Tel: (434) 972-9600
Fax: (434) 220-0011
We are located in Charlottesville, but our lawyers handle cases in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Greene County, Fluvanna County, Louisa County, Nelson County, Madison County, Orange County, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, and across Virginia.