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In California, public intoxication is a misdemeanor offense.
It is punishable by up to 1 year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000.
That is the maximum possible sentence, other possibilities include probation, community service, educational classes, etc.
I cannot guarantee you that the charge "won't stick" but I can let you know that it depends on whether the prosecutor has enough evidence against you to prove their case -- and if the officer fails to show up in court (which happens OFTEN) the prosecutor will be forced to dismiss the case, as they cannot prove this charge without officer testimony.
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