Is it necessary to hire a lawyer for a public intoxication and disorderly conduct?

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Is it necessary to hire a lawyer for a public intoxication and disorderly conduct?

Asked on September 13, 2012 under Criminal Law, Tennessee

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Is it necessary? Not in the sense that you are  legally allowed to present yourself, this is a minor offense, and if it's a first offense, there's a high likelihood that the court will be lenient. All that said, having an attorney represent you will increase the chance of having the charge dismissed or minimized; therefore, if the cost of an hour or two of an attorney's time is something you can afford, you should have a lawyer represent you.


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