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Consumption or Intoxication in Public Places (Public Intox) Charges in Iowa

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Iowa code section 123.46 defines the crimes of pblic intoxication as follows.


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A person shall not use or consume alcoholic liquor, wine, or beer upon the public streets or highways. A person shall not use or consume alcoholic liquor in any public place except premises covered by a liquor control license. A person shall not possess or consume alcoholic liquors, wine, or beer on public school property or while attending a public or private school-related function. A person shall not be intoxicated or simulate intoxication in a public place.

Public intoxication or public consumption of alcohol in Iowa is a simple misdemeanor in Iowa, meaning that maximum penalty is 30 days in the county jail.

Many people charged with public intoxication in Iowa are younger students who are especially concerned about the impact that a conviction would have upon school admissions and employment.  Those facing a public intoxication charge in Iowa are wise to consult with an attorney, so as to seek the best possible outcome for the case.


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Those who have been convicted of public intoxication in the past in Iowa, and maintained a completely (or mostly) clean criminal record for two years thereafter may be eligible for an expungment of that public intoxication conviction.  Individuals interested in seeking such an expungment can consult with an attorney for more information.


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