Not pleasant, but between you and me, the officer may have actually done you a favor. Public intoxication
is only a violation. I have linked you to the Alabama statute so that you can see that this charge is not even a misdemeanor
As you'd been drinking, had the police pulled you over once you started your car, they could have charged you with DWI, which would have been a great deal more serious.
Nevertheless, I agree that the police may have been somewhat heavy-handed with you, and you are wise to have consulted an attorney. As you have a criminal
case, you will have to win the case in order to mount a successful civil action against the police for rousting you. If you lose it, on the other hand, you could face up to 30 days in jail on a violation. So you're going to need to balance the way you were treated with your chances of prevailing at a trial
for the public intox. It doesn't look like there's much evidence against you other than the fact that you may have looked drunk. Once you speak to your lawyer in depth about what happened and he sees the criminal complaint
and confers with the prosecutor, he can give you a good idea of how likely you would be to win the case. You may decide to just pay a fine and lodge a complaint with the officer's superior rather than risk jail. But you'll be completely informed when you make that decision.
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