During the summer, the Twin Cities become a hub of events and celebrations that often involve alcohol. For example, bar crawls such as the yearly Minneapolis Zombie Pub Crawl are a common occurrence hosted by both small groups and large organizations. When the crawls are large events especially, law enforcement will be aware of it and vigilant for any illegal activity. While Minnesota state law does not make public intoxication a crime, alcohol impairs judgment, which can result in an arrest.

Some common charges that are associated with being inebriated in public include:

Disorderly conduct.

A person can be charged with this if their behavior is offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy such that it tends to cause alarm, anger, or resentment in others.

Obstruction of legal process.

A person who obstructs, resists or interferes with a peace officer performing official duties may be arrested and charged with obstruction of legal process.


A person can be charged with inflict bodily harm, or attempt to inflict bodily harm on another person. However, a person can also be charged with assault if they do something with the intent that another person fears that bodily harm will be inflicted. This can include threats of harm or threatening gestures.


A person can be charged with this if they are in operation of a motor vehicle while their senses are impaired by alcohol. Having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, which in some cases can be achieved after only 2 drinks, will be grounds for an arrest.

When participating in public events this summer, consider the consequences of rowdy or illegal behavior before becoming heavily intoxicated. If you or someone you know has been charged with disorderly conduct, assault, or DWI/DUI, our expert defense attorneys can represent you in a court of law.