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Public Intoxication charges in Lake, Cook, or McHenry County. Call Harter & Schottland today for a free consultation

A misdemeanor charge can result from disorderly conduct where an individual, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is behaving in a disorderly or disruptive fashion in public. This can include being passed out or loitering in an area while under the influence. Although a Public Intoxication misdemeanor in Illinois is a lesser crime than a felony, no criminal charge should be taken lightly. Misdemeanors can lead to heavy fines and jail time. Public Intoxication misdemeanor convictions on your record can also affect your employment and other aspects of your life. If you already have a misdemeanor conviction on your record, the sentence for a subsequent offense will likely be more severe. That is why it is always wise to consult with a criminal defense attorney regarding any Public Intoxication misdemeanor charges in Illinois.


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At Harter & Schottland, our attorneys have successfully defended clients against Public Intoxication misdemeanor charges.


In Illinois, misdemeanor offenses are grouped by classes. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by a year in county jail, $2,500 in fines or both; Class B misdemeanors can be punished by a sentence of six months in jail and $1,500; Class C misdemeanors by 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.


We don't just hold your hand and plead you guilty. We fight the charge.


If you have been charged with a Public Intoxication misdemeanor, please contact our law firm as soon as possible for authoritative legal advice and effective representation. We offer a free case evaluation to advise you of your rights and options. Our attorneys will fight to win your case, protect your rights and minimize the negative consequences both today and in the future.


Concerned about the effect of a Public Intoxication misdemeanor on your record? Contact us about record expungement.


From offices in Round Lake Beach, Waukegan and Woodstock, we represent clients throughout Northern Illinois, including the communities of Long Grove, Buffalo Grove, Lake Bluff, Vernon Hills and Highland Park.