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    I was charged in sc with public drunk the other evening.heres how it went to the best of my knowledge.

    I was at the bar and got wasted as i should.When leaving the bar someone i had met that night offered to give me a ride home.He had two other people that i had also met at the bar that night.he told me he was taking them to greenville.I was like ill ride with,i have nothing better to do.so we get to greenville to drop these guys off in what i guess was not the best of neighborhoods.One of the guys goes inside to retreive a few dollars for gas money.The cops pull up within 2 mins.I give them my id and they ask who had been drinking.Naturally i told them i was drunk(AS I HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE,SEEIN AS HOW IM 27,AND SITTING IN SOMEONES PASSENGER SEAT).They pull me out of the vehicle.make me put my hands on the hood.i feel one of the officers move for my jacket pocket.I say to the officer that he has to ask my permission before he can unwarrently search me.I am immediately cuffed and charged with public drunk.I spent saturday in greenville county detention center.The only predisposition that i might have commited the crime if not coerced out of the vehicle is the fact that about 3 years ago in a sepreate incident i had been charged deservingly with p.i.,However It was a seperate incident.In the current situation if i was not told to get out of the vehicle by the officer i would not have been publicly drunk as i would have been taken home and went to bed after the fact.Also apparently they did not see the driver as fit to drive as they put him in the car with me.However they took him to a gas station to get a taxi cab,and did not give me that option.This whole situation seemed backwards.I had expected the search,but the mere fact that the officer moved for my pocket without asking to search made me suspiciouse of his intentions.he could have been atempting to plant narcotics on me for all i know.Can I fight this,should I?And also how is it a crime to be a drunk passenger in a car?

  • #2
    Originally posted by chrisjames View Post
    I was at the bar and got wasted as i should.
    Well, you lost my interest in helping with that line. Heaven forbid you go to a bar and not get wasted. After all, you should get wasted if you go to a bar right?

    Twenty seven? Really, your maturity level is not that.
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    • #3
      You might talk to an attorney about fighting it but you were drunk!
      Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

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      • #4
        How does being in a car in a public place shield you from being drunk in a public place? You're still in a pubic place.
        I am not an attorney, and don't play one on TV. Any information given is a description only and should be verified by your attorney.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Alice Dodd View Post
          How does being in a car in a public place shield you from being drunk in a public place? You're still in a pubic place.
          pubic?
          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

          Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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          • #6
            Perhaps you are looking at this backwards. You seem to think you were arrested because you told the officer he needed to ask before searching you. Maybe he was arresting you and performed the search as part of the arrest?

            My other thought was that the driver was cooperative so he was not arrested while you gave the officers a hard time so you got arrested.

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            • #7
              We weren't there so we can only go on what you say. If you want to "try" to fight
              it, talk to a traffic law attorney.
              Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

              Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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              • #8
                pubic?
                Blame it on my new progressive lens glasses. I can't see what I type yet.
                I am not an attorney, and don't play one on TV. Any information given is a description only and should be verified by your attorney.

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                • #9
                  Well then, you're doing pretty darn good for typing "blind."
                  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

                  Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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