In order to be convicted of public intoxication it is necessary that the District Attorney prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were so intoxicated that you are unable to exercise care of your own safety or the safety of others. This is a very high standard. It is not illegal to be intoxicated in a public place. If it were, most bars would be out of business. Many citations are issued for public intoxication where this burden cannot be met. Many times an experienced criminal defense attorney can get these charges reduced or dismissed. Therefore, if you are charged with public intoxication it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you fight this charge.