A conviction under California Penal Code 647(f) “Drunk in Public” can be particularly punitive if you are under 21 as it will result in your license being suspended for one year.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2013
A Wallin & Klarich client recently had charges of being drunk in public under California Penal Code 647(f) completely dismissed. The client was represented by defense attorney Andre Lapine who successfully negotiated with the District Attorney to dismiss the charges for lack of evidence.
“A conviction under California Penal Code 647(f) “Drunk in Public” can be particularly punitive if you are under 21 as it will result in your license being suspended for one year. This case shows when an attorney effectively negotiates a case and holds the District Attorney to his burden, then good things will happen for the client,” said Mr. Lapine.
According to court record from San Bernardino Superior Court - Central District, although, the client had been drinking, he clearly remembered the series of events that took place the night he was arrested for being drunk in public. The client was walking just around the corner from his own home when a police officer stopped him. The police officer approached the client and started questioning him about what he was doing in the street. The client began to argue with the officer and told the officer that he was not doing anything wrong. However, the officer did not like the client’s attitude and arrested him pursuant to California Penal Code 647(f).
As a result of the arrest, the client faced 90 days in county jail and a one year suspension of his driver’s license. The client quickly sought out the help of Mr. Lapine of Wallin & Klarich to help represent him in his case.
After the client contacted Mr. Lapine, Mr. Lapine began negotiating the case with the District Attorney, according to court documents. Mr. Lapine pointed out that the District Attorney had no evidence other than the word of the arresting officer that the client was visibly impaired and could not take care of himself as a result of drinking. Mr. Lapine pointed out that the District Attorney had no breath or blood test taken from the night of the arrest and no field sobriety tests. In addition, the District Attorney had no other witnesses to corroborate the cop’s version of the events that lead to the client’s arrest. As a result of the negotiations and discussions with Mr. Lapine, the District Attorney agreed that the charges of being drunk in public in San Bernardino against the client could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt and ultimately decided to dismiss the charges. The client did not have to serve time in the county jail and was able to retain his driving privileges.
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