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Asked on: 1/24/03, 9:43 am

Drinking in Public Arrest - Class 4 Misdemeanor

My 19 year old daughter was arrested for ''Drunk in Public''. She was not charged with possession of alcohol, just ''Drunk in Public''. She is scheduled to appear in court on February 19 if she does not pay the $74.00 fine. My question is, if she pays the fine, will this charge be on her permanent record, and, if so, for how long? If she goes to court, what can she expect as her punishment? Does she need a lawyer?

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