I am a student at Purdue and I was arrested this weekend for a public intoxication. I stayed in the drunk tank for 12 hours and released. I did not take finger prints and only thing i had to do was sign few forms as i was being released and they issued me a court date. I know public intoxication is a class B misdemeanor but can this affect my application for citizenship? I plan on applying within this year. This is my first offense in Indiana and my only other charge was a criminal citation for metro fare evasion in maryland.
1) how serious is a public intoxication?
2) will this charge affect my citizenship?
3) are public intoxication and disorderly conduct seperate charges?
Thank you so much for your time.
I am not an Indiana attorney, but generally disorderly conduct and public intoxication are the same statute. In other words you are disorderly by being publicly intoxicated. This is normally not a serious charge, however, it might have consequences for you. You should plead not guilty. There are many states that have diversion plans for first offenders. Those options will keep a conviction off your record. In some situations the cases re dismissed. I just did a disorderly at Michigan State under a program where the case is dismissed and the defendant takes a class. So, talk to a local criminal defense lawyer about those options. Good Luck!
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