Laws punishing public intoxication vary widely among states. This article discusses Minnesota’s public intoxication law, but other alcohol-related issues may also apply to your case. For example, someone at a bar who has too much to drink, leaves the bar and tries to drive but backs into a store front, will face charges for drunk driving and property damage in addition to public intoxication. Other laws apply to being under the influence of illegal drugs.
To learn about your state's laws on other alcohol related crimes, start with Crimes and Penalties by State.
What is Public Intoxication?
In Minnesota, public intoxication is treated as a social ill but not a crime.
(Mn. Stat. Ann. § 340A.902.)
Public Intoxication Penalties
In Minnesota, public intoxication is not considered a crime, but other charges (such as for property damage or drunk driving) may also apply to your case.
Get Legal Help for Public Intoxication
If you are charged with violating a law relating to intoxication, such as assaulting someone after you've had a lot to drink, even if the consequences are relatively mild, consider consulting with a criminal defense attorney who is familiar with how these cases are handled in your area. An experienced attorney can help you understand the charges against you, explain your options, discuss possible defenses you may raise, and protect your rights.