n. (context legal English) The criminal offence of being drunk in a public place.
Public intoxication, also known as "drunk and disorderly" and drunk in public, is a summary offense in some countries rated to public cases or displays of drunkenness. Public intoxication laws vary widely from jurisdiction, but usually require some obvious display of intoxicated incompetence or behavior disruptive/obnoxious to public order before the charge is levied.
Usage examples of "public intoxication".
She was also walking in zigzags, even the length of her stride changing from one step to another, and that meant possible public intoxication - a huge local infraction, the trooper grinned to himself - and that meant he ought to pull over and give her a look.
The officer had rounded them up with the help of his suddenly cooperative horse, and had seen they were escorted out of the parkand had arrested the most aggressive for public intoxication.
The officer had rounded them up with the help of his suddenly cooperative horse, and had seen they were escorted out of the park-and had arrested the most aggressive for public intoxication.
Like Ralph, he had been in jail on a couple of occasions- public intoxication once, possession of an ounce of marijuana on another.