Category Archives: Possession & Public Intoxication

Public Intoxication Legal Terms

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

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Drug & Alcohol Possession – Legal Terms to Know

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