Experienced Open Container And Public Intoxication Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of public intoxication or possession of an open container, it is critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side who is familiar with Idaho’s court system. At Martens Law Office, P.C., in Boise, Idaho, attorney Jared Martens and the rest of our team will work diligently on your behalf to defend your rights.
To discuss your legal needs with an experienced attorney, contact our firm to arrange your free initial consultation.
You Need To Take This Seriously
Alcohol-related charges need to be taken very seriously and handled carefully. A conviction could affect your livelihood for years in addition to the immediate penalties you face. Our firm takes a smart approach to defending people from charges of public intoxication and open container violations.
Attorney Jared Martens has an impeccable record of vigorously defending clients against public intoxication and open container violations. Whether you were arrested walking home from a party or found with a beer on your bike, he has the ability to mount an aggressive defense and make sure your side of the story is heard.
Specifics Of Idaho And Boise Law
In Idaho, it is a misdemeanor for any pedestrian who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to walk on any road or highway if in doing so the person would present a hazard to himself, herself or others. Those who are under the influence are required to stay on the sidewalk. However, city codes may also make walking on the sidewalk while under the influence a criminal offense. In Boise, the Boise City Code makes it a misdemeanor for a pedestrian under the influence to be found anywhere in public if their level of intoxication would present a hazard or rise to the level of disturbing the peace. The punishment under the Boise City Code carries up to six (6) months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. The same penalties are possible if someone is found with an open container of any sort that contains alcohol of any sort.
We see the charge of “open container” being charged frequently in Boise. This is especially true during Boise State football games. So long as the alcohol is in a generic cup the police do not issue tickets for open container as long as you stay within the confines of the Boise State Football parking lot. However, the second you step onto a public street or sidewalk with the open container, the police are aggressive in their ticket-writing practices. The charge of drunk in public on the other hand is charged less commonly and generally occurs in downtown Boise near the time that the bars close down on Friday and Saturday nights.
You don’t understand the legal system. You need a lawyer who does.
Jared Martens has extensive criminal defense trial experience in the Boise area. He understands what the prosecution is after and what judges are looking for. He will explore every legal option available to you as he defends you against these charges.
If you are facing charges involving an open container or public intoxication, you need to do everything in your power to defend your rights. The first step is choosing a skilled criminal defense attorney. Contact our team at Martens Law Office, P.C., today at 208-435-1132 to arrange your free initial consultation.