Disorderly conduct while intoxicated, also known as public intoxication, is a commonly occurring criminal offense in Ohio. It is a broad offense, in that there are many circumstances which may have led you to be charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated.
- In public or in front of two other people, behaves in a manner that would be offensive or causes an inconvenience, irritation, or state of alarm that the person would have otherwise been aware of had they not been under the influence of alcohol;
- Behaves in a way or creates a condition that poses a potential risk of harm or is dangerous to another person or property.
If you persist engaging in either of the aforementioned circumstances after being requested to stop, you will be punished more severely. Additionally, you may face more severe consequences if you engaged in disorderly conduct while intoxicated at or near a school or in front of law enforcement or emergency personnel.
An example of a disorderly conduct while intoxicated violation would be if someone is attending a concert and they cause a disruption publicly by yelling obscenities as the result of consuming too much alcohol. Another example of a disorderly conduct while intoxicated violation would be if someone climbed up the scaffolding on the side of a building during a parade, creating a dangerous situation for themselves and people attending the public event.
If you are convicted of disorderly conduct while intoxicated, you will face a minor misdemeanor. This entails a $150 fine. Under certain circumstances, such as someone continuing to this charge can be increased to a fourth degree misdemeanor. This entails a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.
In addition to potentially spending time in jail and fines, there are additional consequences to consider if you are convicted of disorderly conducted while intoxicated. You may face difficulty keeping or finding employment, maintaining professional licensures, and difficulty keeping custody of your children.