Nothing is more fun than relaxing at your favorite bar and having a few beers. Perhaps you are with friends, winding down from work and talking about the events of the day. The last thing you want is to leave in the back of a cop car with criminal charges pending for a simple mistake. When you drink too much, though, that is exactly what can happen.
The following are three criminal charges that could result from excessive drinking or simple carelessness. Whether you drink most nights of the week or only once in a blue moon, be careful that you do not find yourself in any of the following legal situations.
1. Operating while intoxicated
According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, nearly 30,000 people are arrested for OWI in a given year. The vast majority of these receive a conviction and then face the consequences of having a criminal record—not to mention the fines, jail time and other penalties they receive. It is important that you have a designated driver if you plan to drink.
2. Public intoxication
You might think that you can avoid criminal charges if you do not get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, though, this is not always true. If you are drunk and behaving disruptively in public, you might find yourself slapped with a public intoxication charge. This charge typically accompanies another criminal charge, but it might also stand alone if you act belligerently while drunk.
3. Misdemeanor assault
Many people fail to account for shrinking inhibitions when they drink and make regretful drunken mistakes as a result. If you have a tendency to become violent while you are drunk, you could easily face assault charges as a result of your actions. Bar fights might seem like no big deal, but when you act out physically, you are legally liable—even when you are drunk.