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What You Should Know About Public Intoxication in Texas

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Many people view public intoxication charges as embarrassing events that don’t result in anything more than a mere fine as punishment.  This may be true for individuals who have been charged between one and three times, however, any subsequent public intoxication charges can result in serious consequences.  Like speeding tickets, public intoxication charges need to be addressed quickly and in the best possible way to help keep your criminal record clean.

Under Texas law, public intoxication is considered a Class C misdemeanor, and is not simply a minor infraction.  What many people do not realize is that being drunk in public alone does not constitute public intoxication in Texas.  The person must be intoxicated, in public, and deemed to be a danger to him or herself, and/or others.  This aspect of public intoxication can be tricky, so this is why it is extremely important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney before paying a fine and treating the incident lightly.

Like any other crime, you may have possible defenses to a charge of public intoxication.  After all, if you are walking down the street, and under the influence, a police officer may say that you were a danger to yourself because you were stumbling and could have fallen and injured yourself.  Perhaps this wasn’t the case at all, and you tripped because of something on the sidewalk – an accident that likely would have occurred had you not been intoxicated at all.  Whether or not you are a danger to yourself and/or others is a slippery slope and is sometimes not worth the fight.  However, with the help of an attorney, you may be able to quickly get rid of the charge, pay a fine simply to keep the charge off your record, and move on.

Further, if you have prior public intoxication charges, you may be able to have such charges expunged, but you will need an attorney who specializes in expunctions in order to pursue such matters.  The reason why it is so important to keep a public intoxication charge or conviction off your record is because you may be required to disclose such charges or convictions on job applications, or applications to attend a college or university.

While many employers and school admissions offices may not treat a public intoxication charge very seriously, like they might with a drug possession charge or a DUI/DWI, it is still in your best interest to have a clean criminal record from the start.  You will not be able to clear your record on your own – it will take the expertise of a Dallas criminal defense attorney to advocate for you to have a clean record.  However, it is very important to understand that expunging your record may be more difficult if you have multiple prior criminal convictions.  It is much easier to seek expunction of a single conviction, but a skilled attorney may be able to take on the challenge of clearing your record entirely.

Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

A public intoxication charge should not be treated lightly.  If you have been charged with public intoxicated, you will need superior legal representation to ensure the best possible outcome for your particular situation. Dallas criminal defense attorney Jack Pettit has over 30 years of legal experience and has the necessary skill to defend you with whatever criminal charge you are facing.  Mr. Pettit will work diligently to seek the best result and help you move forward with little harm to your criminal record, and will seek expunction of your record whenever possible.  To schedule a consultation with Mr. Pettit, call our office today at (214) 521-4567.  Our office offers bilingual services in both English and Spanish, and also accepts major credit cards.