Experienced Drunk in Public Defense for Paramedics in California

Public intoxication (a.k.a. Drunk in Public) is certainly not the most serious crime law enforcement handles. However, for the defendant this charge can be very damaging if not handled quickly and carefully and, in many cases, as quietly as possible.

For California Paramedics, the consequences can be even more devastating.

The State EMS Authority vigorously investigates and severely disciplines ALL alcohol-related accusations and the rules are very different than criminal court.

When a Paramedic has to go up against the EMSA, there’s no attorney provided, the rules of evidence are relaxed, in fact the Authority is not automatically required to turn over certain evidence against you; the presumptions of innocence is not necessarily guaranteed and, even if you have and win an Administrative trial to defend your Paramedic license, the EMSA is not required to abide by the Judge’s ruling.

In addition, employers, schools, administrative agencies, and others tend to see an arrest for public intoxication as a sign of poor judgment and a direct reflection of the defendant’s decision-making ability.

In reality, many Drunk in Public charges are unsubstantiated either because the defendant was not actually drunk or law enforcement failed to properly investigate. Unfortunately, once those handcuffs snap into place, the stigma is there and the fight to clear your good name begins.

If you or someone you care about are arrested for public intoxication, follow these simple rules:


Other than to give basic identification information, like name, date of birth, and social security number, nobody in the United States can be forced to answer police questions intended to elicit an incriminating response.

The police will tell you that they just want to fill in blanks on the report or they just need some answers so they can let you go or they may ask you to perform sobriety tests – DON’T FALL FOR THE TRICKS! You cannot be compelled to incriminate yourself. Remain silent.

Every question they ask is intended to get an answer that will help convict you.

When asked ANY questions, simply tell the officer: “I am invoking my right to remain silent and I will not answer any questions without an attorney present.”


Being arrested and going to jail sucks. However, arguing, fighting with, or challenging law enforcement will only make it worse. Like Chinese finger-cuffs, the harder you fight, the more powerful the police become.

Always remember that respect will win the day. If they tell you to stand there, sit here, face this way, or look that way; you do it. And you do it quietly.


At the first opportunity, contact an attorney to guide you through the rest of the criminal justice process.

At the Law Office of David J. Givot, we do more than just help you through. We will carefully and methodically examine the charges and the evidence against you. If law enforcement has not done everything necessary to convict you in front of a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, then we will attack the charges from every available angle to achieve the best possible result. Even more importantly, we will vigilantly consider how any resolution will affect your professional, educational, and/or personal future.  Visit The Law Office of David J. Givot.

Did You Know?

When a Paramedic in California is charged with any crime, at least two legal processes are set into motion:

  • A criminal case involving the state court system
  • An administrative process involving the State EMS Authority

Shortly after the arrest or arraignment, you will likely receive a notice from EMSA requesting information and details about the incident. However, providing such information could jeopardize your Constitutional rights to remain silent and have an attorney present. More importantly, the information you provide can and likely will be used against you in court and in other proceedings.

As your lawyer, I will not only fight the criminal charge, I will communicate with EMSA on your behalf to preserve and protect your rights every step of the way.

Why You Need The Legal Guardian

Without the proper representation, a Paramedic can be quickly hit with stiff fines, severe restrictions, EMT-P license suspension, and even outright revocation.

Paramedic turned defense attorney, David J Givot, knows what it means to be a Paramedic because he became one over 20 years ago. He has handled countless cases and knows what your license means to you and he knows how to protect it.

Mr. Givot is a noted EMS/Legal lecturer around the United States and continues to teach the Medical/Legal curriculum for Paramedic students at UCLA’s Center for Prehospital Care.

As your attorney, Mr. Givot will be by your side in Criminal Court to make sure your rights are preserved and your case is managed toward the best possible outcome. He will remain by your side throughout the EMSA investigation and disciplinary process to help ensure your rights and your future are never unfairly compromised.

With You Every Step of the Way

As your attorney, I will work directly with you. I will give you an honest assessment of your case, inform you of your options, explain the legal process as it applies to you and aggressively fight for you at trial, at the EMSA, and even at your employer.

24Hour Access, No Hourly Fee

Your attorney is available to you 24-hours a day, seven days a week. You never need to worry about racking up huge bills, because at the Law Offices of David J. Givot, there is never an hourly charge and the initial consultation is always free. With one flat fee*, your attorney will be by your side for every aspect of your case. Unlimited calls, unlimited court appearances, unlimited hours spent defending you!

I accept credit cards and am available for weekend/evening appointments. I represent EMS clients throughout California.

*Does not include outside costs, such as expert witness, private investigator, or forensic toxicology.