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Q: Can I get arrested for being drunk, although not being disruptive in any way, at the passport control?

I will be traveling from Frankfurt to CA, USA. I will be drinking on that airplane because it’s legal since I’m 17 and am within the drinking age of Frankfurt, Germany. Thus, if I drink legally, there is no way for the US border control to arrest me, correct? And they have no right to force me to do an alcohol check, correct?

3 Lawyer Answers
Wais Azami
Wais Azami
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Garden Grove, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Too many questions at once and I'll have even more questions in order to answer it properly. Can't do it here. This site is not safe and can be read by police. Call my office instead.

William John Light
William John Light
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  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Being drunk in public is against the law for minors and adults, so yes, you can be arrested, even assuming that you exhibit no other criminal behavior. Do not respond to attorneys asking you to call them. It is against State Bar rules for attorneys to solicit clients.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

being on a plan for a place that has different laws does not mean you apply the laws of the destination will apply.

for instance, MJ is legal in CA however federal law applies once you are at the airport and you can be arrested for illegal possession there.

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