Is public intoxication the same as DUI?

Question: Hi, can an officer charge me for a public intoxication in Los Angeles while I’m walking under the influnce of alcohol on the street? and not driving. Is this the same as DUI?
Answer: Public Intoxication is a different charge than DUI. Where as DUI requires Driving (at a minimum based on circumstantial evidence), Public Intoxication does not. If you were strolling down the street minding your own business, then this charge is very defensible. Call me to discuss further.
Phil Hache
DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyer