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I got a Statute 5-71-212 last night in co. Arkansas my? is…

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Hi i got a Statute 5-71-212 last night in clark co. Arkansas my ? is do i just have to pay a fine or do time as well

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Arkansas

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Statute 5-71-212 is the criminal statute for public intoxication and/ or drinking in public.

This is a class C misdemeanor, and is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and up to 30 days in jail.

That is the maximum possible sentence, so of course no jail time and just a fine is also a possibility. However, alot of that will depend on how your case is presented in court, negotiations with the prosecutor, and the leniency of the judge.

It would be advisable to hire a local defense attorney to represent you in this matter and ensure your case is handled properly. If you can't afford one right now, the court will assign a public defender to you at your first court date.

I hope that helps!

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can you suggest the best local lawyer? Caddo Valley Arkansas clark county

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