In most cases, a Public Intoxication ticket does not go on your record. If Montgomery and Robertson County officers take someone into custody for a 39-17-310 violation, it’s not technically a public intoxication arrest. Instead, in most cases, the police place the person into protective custody. There’s a big difference.

Nevertheless, police could still take you to jail for public intoxication, especially if there is no other available option or the defendant is out of control. Since most PI arrests occur late at night when judges are asleep and treatment facilities are closed, jail is a real possibility. If that happens to you or your loved one, you can reach out to Fizer Bonding Company (bail bond near me) 24/7 every day of the year at (615) 667-1109 or (931) 449-9351.

What Are Some Examples of Disorderly Conduct?

In Tennessee, PI is a Class C misdemeanor (maximum 30 days in jail and $50 fine). Officers can place people in protective custody if they are drunk in public and:

  • Endanger Themselves or Others: Intoxicated people who walk across the street, open doors, or do pretty much anything else “may” be a danger to themselves or others.
  • Unreasonably Annoy Others: Under Tennessee law, the “unreasonably annoying” behavior need not be lewd or offensive. It could simply be loud and, well, annoying. However, the behavior must actually offend someone. Potential annoyance is not enough.

If police make a PI arrest, they almost always rely on that first bullet point. Officers rarely take the time to collect witness statements from annoyed bystanders.

What Happens After They Cuff Me?

In 1990, Tennessee adopted a treatment-over-punishment stance with regard to PI cases. Officers must take PI defendants before a judicial officer, which usually means magistrate, to determine if treatment is the best approach.

Many times, by the time the defendant goes before the magistrate, the defendant has sobered up sufficiently so that treatment is unnecessary. If that’s the case, the magistrate will order the defendant’s immediate release.

Other times, the defendant needs medical treatment, perhaps due to chronic AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder). If that’s the case, and the defendant agrees to obtain treatment, the magistrate will send the defendant to an alcohol treatment center. The center generally decides when to release the defendant.

In a few other cases, the defendant refuses to get the recommended treatment or the defendant has committed another crime. If that’s the case, the defendant will probably go to jail, and the defendant will probably need a Clarksville, TN bail bondsman from Fizer Bonding Company to get out. This arrest usually goes on the defendant’s permanent record.

Fizer Bonding Company provides 24/7 quick and easy access to professional bondsman who can get you out of jail quickly and easily.  If you have more questions about how bail bonds work, see our website page:  Fizer Bonding Company is a member of Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents.

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