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Public Intoxication2018-04-30T15:56:03+00:00

Knoxville Public Intoxication Lawyer

Have you ever been out with friends having a good time, maybe up in Gatlinburg at the moonshine distilleries, or walking back from a UT football game? If an officer were to think you were intoxicated when walking by or because he was called to the scene for a disturbance, you could be charged with public intoxication (PI). PI is not limited to alcohol, you can receive a public intoxication for being under the influence of drugs as well.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-310 says:

A person commits the offense of public intoxication who appears in a public place under the influence of a controlled substance, controlled substance analogue or any other intoxicating substance to the degree that:

  1. The offender may be endangered;
  2. There is endangerment to other persons or property; or
  3. The offender unreasonably annoys people in the vicinity.

Public intoxication is a class C misdemeanor. Though the charge can escalate quickly and change into a DUI if you are near your car or sitting in your car.

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