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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


Staten Island Public Intoxication Lawyers

Laws banning public intoxication in Staten Island fall under New York’s section of crimes against public order. However, many people are surprised to learn that it’s not illegal to be intoxicated in public in Staten Island if you’re under the influence of only alcohol. Rather, public intoxication involves being in public while under the influence of drugs.

What is public intoxication?

For public intoxication to occur, a person must be in a public place. The person must be under the influence of a narcotic or drug. They may not be under the influence of alcohol to be guilty of public intoxication. The person’s behavior must cause a danger to themselves or others, or they must behave in a way that might annoy others.


Staten Island public intoxication is a criminal violation. That makes it the least serious of criminal offenses. That means that the judge can order you to jail for not more than fifteen days. The court can also order a fine of up to $250. Other criminal violations include trespass and disorderly conduct.


Defenses to public intoxication include looking at each element of the offense to see if the state’s evidence fails. For example, a person must be under the influence of a narcotic or drug but not alcohol. It might be hard for the police to prove that a person is under the influence of a narcotic or drug. If the police didn’t test the person for alcohol intoxication, your attorney might argue to the jury that the state doesn’t have proof that drugs caused your intoxication.

Second, a common defense to public intoxication is that the person’s behavior isn’t problematic. It’s not enough to be under the influence of a drug in public. Rather, a person’s behavior must be enough to endanger persons or property or annoy others. This is a gray area. It might be hard for law enforcement to prove to a jury’s satisfaction what constitutes behavior that amounts to a danger or an annoyance. Juries expect to see high levels of proof, and the state may not be able to provide it.

Protective custody

When the police find someone under intoxication of either alcohol or drugs, they can offer to take the person into protective custody. In cases where law enforcement finds a person that’s incapacitated, they can take the person for medical treatment without their consent. In cases of involuntary protective custody, law enforcement must secure a doctor’s examination as soon as possible. Usually, they can’t keep a person more than forty-eight hours, and they must let the person go as soon as they are no longer a danger.

Related charge – Disorderly conduct

A person intoxicated with alcohol can’t face public intoxication charges, but they can face disorderly conductcharges. Disorderly conduct requires the person to intend to cause a public inconvenience or act with a reckless indifference that their actions may cause a public nuisance. Noise, offensive language, hazards or even a refusal to disperse upon the request of law enforcement can cause a public nuisance. In some cases, there might be constitutional challenges to a disorderly conduct charge based on freedom of speech protections. For a disorderly conduct charge, intoxication alone is insufficient. A person’s behavior must be problematic in public.

Related charges – Public lewdness and exposure of a person

Another charge that’s related to public intoxication is public lewdness. This charge is a class B misdemeanor. It requires a person to intentionally expose their body parts either in a public place or in a place that the public can see it.

Public exposure of a person is a criminal violation. It occurs when a person’s intimate parts are unintentionally exposed. There are a number of defenses that may be available to this charge, and a jury might hesitate to convict a person when public exposure occurs unintentionally.

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It’s important to work with an attorney so that you can make sure that you understand the charges against you. A criminal violation is different than a civil infraction. Because a criminal violation can result in jail time, it’s a serious offense. You need to understand what charge you’re facing in order to prepare the best possible defense to the case.

Often times, a person finds themselves charged with a criminal violation when they have no other criminal history. That means that it carries the possibility of giving a person a criminal record for the first time in their life. That can affect employment and volunteer opportunities among other things. For this reason, it’s important that an attorney help you defend yourself against the charges to the fullest extent possible under the law. In some cases, there may be pretrial diversion programs or youthful offender programs that you may be able to take advantage of in order to avoid a criminal history.

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If you’re facing a charge of public intoxication Staten Island, please contact us. We’re Staten Island public intoxication attorneys, and we’re eager to help each client prepare the best possible defense under New York law. We work tirelessly to help you achieve the best possible result in your case. We invite you to contact us.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
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debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

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Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

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Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

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