San Diego 10 News reported on the arrest of William Carroll, a fan attending a San Diego Chargers football game on January 17, 2010. Carroll was removed from the stadium by police, taken to jail, and booked on suspicion of being drunk in public and resisting arrest. An off-duty police officer who was sitting in the same section as Carroll during the game reported his alleged disruptive behavior and drunkenness to police. Police came to the section and they reported that they had to forcibly take him into custody after he refused their requests to come with them. Some fans in the section sided with Carroll and Carroll has denied all allegations. 49 people were arrested at the stadium during the course of the game.
Under California Penal Code 647 (f), it is a misdemeanor for any person to willfully drink alcohol or consume drugs in a public place, and as a result, place him or herself in a condition where he or she is unable to exercise care for the safety of himself or herself, or for the safety of others. The person can also be guilty of this crime if he or she is drunk in public, and that person is interfering or obstructing the free use of sidewalks and other public ways. A public place is considered to be any place that is open and accessible to anyone who wants to be there. Penalties can include probation, jail time, and/or fines.
It is important that you contact a criminal defense attorney if you or a loved one is charged with being intoxicated in public. At Wallin and Klarich, our Southern California drunk in public defense attorneys have over 30 years of experience in handling all types of criminal matters, including alcohol-related matters. Our criminal defense attorneys will work aggressively to provide you with the best possible result in your case. We will walk you through the whole process and fully inform you every step of the way. Contact us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.