Georgia QB Stetson Bennett charged with public intoxication

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2023 | Criminal Defense

The Georgia Bulldogs recently won their second college football national title in a row. They were led to both of these titles by quarterback Stetson Bennett. He has become something of a fan favorite due to the fact that he started his career as a walk-on and then rose through the ranks to become one of the most well-known quarterbacks on the best team in college football for two years running.

Unfortunately, he was also recently arrested and charged with public intoxication. The arrest happened in late January, right around 7:10 in the morning. The 25-year-old former quarterback – he has no more eligibility to play for the Georgia Bulldogs – was taken into custody and released later that day.

How does this type of arrest happen?

People sometimes wonder what public intoxication even means because they know that people are intoxicated while in public quite often. For example, spend a few minutes in any downtown bar at one in the morning, and there will be numerous people who are all very publicly intoxicated.

But these arrests generally don’t happen until that intoxication leads someone to contact the police and report a disturbance. In this case, someone in the area called the department to say that there was a young man banging on doors while walking down the street. That was enough to get the police dispatched to the location, and they determined that Bennett was the one who was knocking on doors due to his impairment.

In other words, simply being intoxicated is usually not enough for this type of charge, but it needs some sort of aggravating factor. Even with this, it is still a misdemeanor charge.

Have you been arrested?

This case may have made the headlines, but many smaller arrests for similar charges happen every day. Those who are facing such charges need to know about all of their criminal defense options.