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California Penal Code section 647(f) is a subsection of the disorderly conduct
statute, commonly referred to as "drunk in public" or "public intoxication
". The code section reads:647. Every person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor:
(f) Who is found in any public place under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, controlled substance, toluene, or any combination of any intoxicating liquor, drug, controlled substance, or toluene, in a condition that he or she is unable to exercise care for his or her own safety or the safety of others, or by reason of his or her being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, controlled substance, toluene, or any combination of any intoxicating liquor, drug, or toluene, interferes with or obstructs or prevents the free use of any street, sidewalk, or other public way.
Penal Code section 853.6 is the provision which allows for the release without bail (OR or own recognizance) of anyone arrested for a citable misdemeanor (such as 647(f)).
Presumably, you were found in a public place under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both. This is a relatively minor misdemeanor, typically punished by a fine, perhaps a short period of probation, and no jail time.
It is also a crime for which a diversion program under Penal Code section 1001 would generally be permitted. If completed successfully, diversion results in dismissal of the criminal
charge and no record.
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