Alcohol Offenses in Oklahoma

While driving under the influence remains one of the most high-profile crimes involving alcohol, there are other alcohol offenses recognized by Oklahoma law. These include:

  • Drunk and disorderly behavior
  • Consuming intoxicants in public
  • Furnishing alcohol to minors, intoxicated persons or mentally disabled people

The Law

Oklahoma statute § 37-8 discusses the consumption of intoxicating substances in public places. Intoxicating substances can include liquor, drugs, and even inhalants such as glue or paint. This statute makes it a misdemeanor offense to:

  • Consume any intoxicant in a public place, unless it is authorized by the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Control Act
  • Be drunk or intoxicated in any public place
  • Disturb the peace while being drunk or intoxicated in any public place

The Punishment

If found guilty of this misdemeanor offense, you could face a fine of up to $100 as well as up to 30 days in jail.

Local Ordinances

It is important to note that the statute discussed above is Oklahoma state law. Your local city, town or municipality may have additional ordinances regarding the consumption of or intoxication by alcohol and other substances.

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