Public intoxication: A person commits the offense of public intoxication if he or she appears in a public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to the degree and under circumstances such that:
(1) The person is likely to endanger himself or herself or another person or property; or
(2) The person unreasonably annoys a person in his or her vicinity.
Public place: “Public place” means a publicly or privately owned place to which the public or a substantial number of
Criminal possession: The unlawful possession of certain prohibited articles, such as illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, firearms, or stolen property.
Constructive possession: or dominion over a property without actual possession or custody of it. — Also termed effective possession.
Joint Possession: Possession shared by two or more persons.
Simple possession: The possession of a controlled substance with no aggravating circumstances such as intent to sell.
Probable cause: A reasonable ground to suspect that a person has committed or is committing a crime or that a place contains specific items connected with a crime. Under the Fourth Amendment, probable cause — which amounts to more than a bare suspicion but less than evidence that would justify a conviction — must be shown before an arrest warrant or search warrant may be issued. Continue reading