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

people have access;

Voluntary Intoxication:  The quality, state, or condition of having willingly ingested alcohol or drugs to the point of impairment done with the knowledge that one’s physical and mental capabilities would be impaired.

Minor in possession:  It is unlawful for any person under twenty-one (21) years of age to purchase or have in his or her possession any intoxicating liquor, wine, or beer.  An intoxicating liquor, wine, or beer in the body of a person under twenty-one (21) years of age is deemed to be in his or her possession.

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