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    Default Drunk in Public but No Court Date

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California

    I was arrested for a drunk in public at the end of August. I was released about 5 hours after and was told I will not have to show up in court. Does this mean that the case was dropped? Do I have a fine still? I don't have the paperwork anymore...

    Also.... I am under 21. No court date though.

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    Default Re: Drunk in Public but No Court Date

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    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California

    I was arrested for a drunk in public at the end of August. I was released about 5 hours after and was told I will not have to show up in court. Does this mean that the case was dropped? Do I have a fine still? I don't have the paperwork anymore...

    Also.... I am under 21. No court date though.
    Most counties do not pursue PC647(f) arrests unless they are against repeat offenders. Most the time they are dropped pursuant to PC 849(b) and deemed a detention only - this is probably what happened in your case.

    You can always check with the DA's office and the court to double check, but if they did not release you with a citation and told you that no charges were pending, you should be home free.
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    Default Re: Drunk in Public but No Court Date

    Thank you so much for your help. I feel much better now. That's what I thought happened because I wasn't needed in court and Ive never had even a traffic ticket on my report.

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