Drunk & Disorderly


Public intoxication, also referred to as drunk and disorderly conduct or disorderly intoxication, can be a serious charge in the State of Florida, and is classified as a second degree misdemeanor. The penalties for disorderly intoxication can include hefty fines and even jail time, depending on the nature of the offense and your previous criminal record.

An experienced public intoxication defense attorney can come to your defense if you've been accused of drunk and disorderly conduct. The criminal defense lawyers of the Colter Law Group in Stuart, Florida have extensive experience representing clients accused of disorderly intoxication, and are ready to go to work for you. We offer free initial consultations and flexible appointment scheduling.

Disorderly intoxication in Florida

In the State of Florida, a person accused of drunk and disorderly conduct must be intoxicated (or believed to be intoxicated) to the point where their behavior is disruptive or dangerous to the public. In many cases, causing a disruption may not be enough to lead to a conviction (often resulting in a reduced charge), so prosecutors will sometimes make the case that the person's behavior posed a threat to the safety of the public.

Serving clients accused of public intoxication throughout The Treasure Coast, including Stuart, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, River Park, Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie, and other communities throughout Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties, the disorderly intoxication defense attorneys of the Colter Law Group are ready to stand in your corner.

Defense against drunk & disorderly conduct charges

There are different ways a criminal defense lawyer might defend a client against public intoxication charges, and each case is unique. Possible defenses may include invoking the first amendment if the accused person's behavior posed no threat to public safety, or casting doubt on whether any person or property was endangered as a result of disorderly conduct. Your public intoxication defense attorney will carefully review the details of your case and determine the best means of defense.

Contact us today

The penalties for a public intoxication conviction are simply too high to leave to chance. Many Florida public defenders don't have the time to devote to your case that a drunk and disorderly conduct defense attorney can.

If you have been accused of disorderly intoxication, contact the Colter Law Group in Stuart, Florida at (772) 888-0883 for a free consultation.