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Public Intoxication in Arkansas


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Arkansas Public Intoxication in Arkansas Attorneys at the Howerton Law Firm handle all Arkansas public intoxication in Arkansas matters for the Arkansas general practice law firm Howerton Law Firm. Use the Request a Free Consultation form on the left of the page to schedule your free initial consultation with public intoxication lawyer Wendy Howerton or simply call the Howerton Law Firm at 479-587-9300.

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Arkansas Criminal Code for public intoxication in Arkansas
5-71-212. Public intoxication Drinking in public.
(a) 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.
(b) Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor.
(c) A person commits the offense of drinking in public if the person, other than in a place of
business licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, consumes any
alcoholic beverage:
(1) In any public place;
(2) On any highway or street;
(3) Upon any passenger coach, streetcar, or in or upon any vehicle commonly used for
the transportation of passengers; or
(4) In or about any depot, platform, waiting station or room, or other public place.
(d) Drinking in public is a Class C misdemeanor.
(e) The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit or restrict the
consumption of an alcoholic beverage when consumed as a part of a recognized religious
ceremony or ritual.
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