My client is a young professional and was in town on business. He was hanging out in downtown St. Petersburg at a sidewalk bar having some drinks. A police officer suddenly came running by him on the way to another call. As the officer passed, my client made a comment to him and slapped him on the arm. He was being a wiseguy to the officer. Well, the officer didn’t appreciate it, and arrested him for disorderly intoxication. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
My client had no prior record and was worried about how this arrest would look to his employer and whether it would affect his professional licenses. I asked him for a full description of how it might affect him and a summary of what exactly happened. Because he had never been in trouble before and it didn’t sound that egregious, I did not have him get an alcohol evaluation.
I then sent all of the materials to the prosecutor. I then followed up with the prosecutor and spoke to him by phone.
In less than 5 weeks after the arrest, the disorderly intoxication charge was dropped. My client is now eligible to expunge the record of this arrest.