Kailua Kona, HI asked in Criminal Law for New York

Q: I was just charged with public intoxication (under the influence of narcotics). I am mortified. What will happen to me?

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Stephen Bilkis
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: This is considered a violation under New York Penal Code 240. You could be fined with 15 days in jail or a $250. fine or both.

Aubrey Claudius Galloway
Aubrey Claudius Galloway
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Scarsdale, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: I agree with my colleague, but note you should not worry as I have never seen anyone serve the 15 days in jail for this offense. The worst, in my humble opinion, is you take the violation (which is not a criminal offense and will not be on your record) and simply pay the fine.

I warn you to consult an attorney in person prior to making any decisions, as the full facts and circumstances are unavailable to us at this time

Aubrey C. Galloway III, Esq.

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