Drunk In Public Arrest Dismissed Arlington Virginia Lawyers Misdemeanor 18.2-388

Drunk In Public Arrest Dismissed Arlington Virginia

In Virginia, public intoxication is a criminal offense punishable under Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-388 and is punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor.

Below is a sample case of public intoxication (drunk in a public place) in Virginia as interpreted by a lawyer in our firm.

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Under Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-388 Profane swearing and intoxication in public; penalty; transportation of public inebriates to detoxification center.

If any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor. In any area in which there is located a court-approved detoxification center a law-enforcement officer may authorize the transportation, by police or otherwise, of public inebriates to such detoxification center in lieu of arrest; however, no person shall be involuntarily detained in such center.

For a lot of our clients, a public intoxication (drunk in public) charge can result in the loss of their job, their security clearance etc.

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Drunk In Public Arrest Dismissed Arlington Virginia Lawyers Misdemeanor 18.2-388
Drunk In Public Arrest Dismissed Arlington Virginia Lawyers Misdemeanor 18.2-388

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Thompson v. Commonwealth

Facts:

Defendant appealed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Arlington, Virginia, that convicted him after a bench trial of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. He claimed the trial court erred in dismissed his motion to suppress, because his arrest for public drunkenness was illegal, and his rights were violated by a strip search.

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Holdings:

The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • Although public drunkenness is a Class 4 misdemeanor, pursuant to Va. Code Ann. § 19.2-74(A)(2), the police are authorized to arrest the accused and not merely issue a summons.

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Arlington Court House Detail:

Arlington Circuit Court

1425 North Courthouse Road,
Arlington, VA 22201.

Arlington General District Court

1425 North Courthouse Road,
Suite 2400, Second Floor,
Arlington, VA 22201.

Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

P. O. Box 925,
1425 North Courthouse Rd, Ste 4100,
Arlington County Justice Center,
Arlington, VA 22216.

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Disclaimer:

These summaries are provided by the SRIS Law Group. They represent the firm’s unofficial views of the Justices’ opinions. The original opinions should be consulted for their authoritative content.