With all the celebrations going on during this time of year, it is a great time to get together with family and friends, but it is also a time of year when there is an increased amount of arrests. Many people are out and about on the streets, especially during block parties and holiday events. However, it is illegal in the State of California to have any alcohol in public. This means that you are not allowed to be consuming alcohol or have it open on public streets, and outdoors.
If you are stopped by officers for an alleged drinking in public violation, be familiar with your rights. You do not have to inform the officers as to what you are drinking, you may politely decline to comment. Much like your rights during a DUI stop, you have the right to remain silent and to refrain from saying anything that mightsbe incriminating.
Based on the surrounding facts of your arrest, your case may be strong or weak. For example, if officers have no proof that you were in fact drinking, then you may have a stronger case that could lead to a dismissal. If officers have statements and solid proof that you were in possession of alcohol on a public street, then your case could be very weak. An experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney has the knowledge and background to prepare a powerful defense on your behalf, whether your case is strong or weak. By coming to court prepared and ready can lead to a dismissal or reduction in charges. A small charge such as drinking in public may seem like it is not an issue, but the truth is that any offense on your record can cause hassle and trouble in the future. Keep your record clean and give yourself the best chance of obtaining your desired outcome!