You can be drunk in public without being charged with a crime. In order to be arrested under California Penal Code 647(f) PC (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov), you would have be so drunk as to violate this statute in the following ways:
You may be sitting on a park bench, publically intoxicated, but if neither of these above two things is true you are not guilty of violating CA Penal Code 647(f). Also, if you ingested drugs and/or alcohol by accident, or you were forced to ingest, you are not guilty of being intoxicated in public under California law.
The California definition of a "public place" also includes public business and entertainment venues, a car parked on a public street, a common hallway in an apartment building or the area in front of someone else's house - any place that is open to the public.
You may be arrested for being Drunk in Public if:
Contact Charles L Cassy Attorney at Law immediately upon being investigated or charged with any BUI charge. We have over thirty years experience in defending these cases. We will put our expertise to work for you.