Public intoxication laws are codified across the nation to maintain peace and order. The definition of public intoxication, and associated penalties, may vary based on the local city ordinance. Even seemingly minor convictions can have significant long-term consequences.
If you or someone you love have been criminally charged with public intoxication in the Shreveport/Bossier area, contact The Norris Law Group today at 318-771-7000.
Louisiana's Criminal Code speaks to public intoxication under the "Disturbing the Peace" statute, codified in La. R.S. 14:103.
Disturbing the peace includes the offender committing acts in such a manner that would foreseeably disturb or alarm the public. "Public intoxication" is included as one of the enumerated "acts" listed within disturbing the peace.
A conviction of disturbing the peace can result in a fine of no more than $100.00, imprisonment for no more than 90 days, or both.
Shreveport's Code of Ordinance codifies public intoxication as public drunkenness. The ordinance makes it unlawful for any person to be intoxicated on the streets of the city, in any public place within the limits of the city, or at any public dance or public gathering in the city.
Whoever commits the crime of public drunkenness shall be fined no more than $200, imprisoned for no more than 7 days, or both.
Bossier City's Code of Ordinance does not include a provision that strictly involves public intoxication. Bossier City's law mirrors the language of the Louisiana Criminal Code. The criminal offense of public intoxication is included in its' Disturbing the Peace statute. The penalties for a violation are equivalent to those aforementioned.
Do not allow a moment of misfortune to cause you stress and harm your reputation. Allow Attorney Ebonee Norris and her team at The Norris Law Group to fight for you. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your case. You can take advantage of a thorough, confidential consultation when you call 318-771-7000.
 La. R.S. 14: 103.
 Shreveport, Louisiana, Municipal Code § 50-152.
 Bossier, Louisiana, Municipal Code § 38-284.