2010 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 6 - Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, Or Welfare
Chapter 71 - Riots, Disorderly Conduct, Etc
Subchapter 2 - Offenses Generally
§ 5-71-212 - Public intoxication -- Drinking in public.

5-71-212. Public intoxication -- Drinking in public.

(a) A person commits the offense of public intoxication if he or she appears in a public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to the degree and under circumstances such that:

(1) The person is likely to endanger himself or herself or another person or property; or

(2) The person unreasonably annoys a person in his or her vicinity.

(b) Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor.

(c) A person commits the offense of drinking in public if the person, other than in a place of business licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, consumes any alcoholic beverage:

(1) In any public place;

(2) On any highway or street;

(3) Upon any passenger coach, streetcar, or in or upon any vehicle commonly used for the transportation of passengers; or

(4) In or about any depot, platform, waiting station or room, or other public place.

(d) Drinking in public is a Class C misdemeanor.

(e) The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit or restrict the consumption of an alcoholic beverage when consumed as a part of a recognized religious ceremony or ritual.

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