If you have been arrested for public intoxication, or alcohol intoxication, at Greater Cincinnati Airport, you may need to hire an attorney. Often the arrest citation will allow for prepayment of fines and court costs in lieu of appearance at court. This is a bad idea. Prepayment is a GUILTY plea. The arrest and conviction will become part of your permanent criminal records. Alternatively, you may be able to avoid conviction either through trial or pretrial diversion.
An experienced attorney can aid a client through the diversion process. Unfortunately, you will spend more in costs as well as legal fees and may be subject to community service, but you will not have a conviction and can generally expunge your case in 60 – 120 days. If you are convicted, you cannot expunge the conviction for at least 5 years in Kentucky. This may affect your future travel out of the country as well as limit some employment opportunities.
Another option is to take the case to trial. The statute (KRS 222.202) for Alcohol Intoxication states: “A person is guilty of alcohol intoxication when he appears in a public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol to the degree that he may endanger himself or other persons or property, or unreasonably annoy persons in his vicinity.” It is not enough to simply be intoxicated, you must be a danger to yourself or others. If you have the resources to fight, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you gain an acquittal by taking the case to trial.
If you have been arrested in Northern Kentucky, at CVG or elsewhere, contact Michael Bouldin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) for consultation. If you live out of town, out of state, or out of the country, I may be able to appear in court on your behalf. Call for a consultation.