After calling police to report that her roommates stole a bag of crab legs from her, a Fort Pierce woman threatened police with a packet of chicken. According to a report by the International Business Times, the woman noticed that her food was missing from the freezer and blamed her roommates, who denied responsibility. The woman then called police who, upon responding to the call, determined that no crime had been committed.
The police officer allegedly claims that the woman was intoxicated at the time and became increasingly angry, eventually threatening the officer with a package of chicken for failing to take action against her roommates. The woman was then immediately arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest. She now remains free after posting $250 bail.
Intoxication and Police Don’t Mix
Police generally do not like dealing with intoxicated people. Whether they are behind the wheel of a car, outside a bar getting into a fight or, in some cases, even in their own home. Police see an intoxicated person as unpredictable and as a potential threat to their safety. Therefore, police sometimes take extra precaution when dealing with an intoxicated citizen.
While it is not a crime to be intoxicated in your own home, it is against the law to be intoxicated in public, especially while being disorderly. In Florida there is a crime for this exact circumstance called “disorderly intoxication.” Specifically, the law states that “No person in the state shall be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property.”
Disorderly Intoxication is a Second-Degree Misdemeanor in Florida
A night of innocent fun can quickly turn into a serious situation threatening both your financial well-being as well as your freedom. A first-time offender who is charged with disorderly intoxication can face:
- Up to 60 days in jail, and
- A fine of up to $500.
Depending on the facts surrounding the event, there may also be additional charges filed, such as resisting arrest. Resisting arrest is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida, which is punishable by:
- Up to one year in jail, and
- A fine of up to $1000.
You can see how the seriousness of the offenses can add up quickly. To make sure that you are not over charged by the prosecutor and subject to a more sever punishment than is fair, be sure to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Are You Facing Criminal Charges?
If you are facing criminal charges for disorderly intoxication or any related offense, you should speak with the Forbess Law Firm immediately. The Forbess Law Firm can set you up with an experienced Jacksonville criminal defense attorney who can discuss the specific facts of your case and recommend a course of action. While an acquittal can never be guaranteed, the Forbess Law Firm has a successful record and will do their best to provide you with the quality representation you are entitled to. Click here to contact the Forbess Law Firm online, or call 904-634-0900 today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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