At first, public intoxication charges in Texas may not seem that serious. After all, many people who drink are in public. However, these charges can be significant and can result in a criminal record, as well as severe penalties.
Under Texas Penal Code Section 49.02 (c), many public intoxication cases are a Class C misdemeanor, which carry fines of no more than $500. However, if you have two previous public intoxication offenses in Texas, your third can be a Class B misdemeanor, which can mean you face fines of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail.
If you have been charged, do not take your situation lightly. Contact a public intoxication defense attorney at Morales & Sparks. Our defense attorneys in Georgetown, Texas, office or our Austin or San Marcos offices would be pleased to talk about your case and answer your questions in a consultation, so you can decide what steps to take next. Keep in mind that a public intoxication conviction can harm later career prospects and opportunities, so speak with an attorney at our firm to ensure you do not pay for one mistake.
Types of Charges
If you are under 21 years of age and charged with public intoxication, you will be charged under Section 106.071 of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. You may face suspension of your driver’s license and may even be barred from getting a learning permit. For a first offense, you may face fines of more than $250 but less than $500. You will also likely need to take an alcohol education class and complete community service.
Minors under the age of 21 who are not children and have been found guilty of public intoxication may face a Class B misdemeanor if they have two past convictions for public intoxication. This can mean fines of up to $2,000, as well as up to 180 days in jail.
When to Contact a Public Intoxication Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of public intoxication, it is important to consult a defense attorney. If you are under the age of 21, especially, you may be prevented from driving and may face limits on your freedoms. Your future career, job and education prospects may be affected by fines, jail time, time at community service and mandatory classes, and conviction.
As an adult, a public intoxication conviction can harm your relationships and your career and financial prospects. To protect yourself, contact a defense attorney.
An attorney can review the case against you and find any evidence that can help you reduce charges or have them thrown out. An attorney can also work to reduce the penalties and fines you face. You may have questions about pleading guilty or about how a charge may affect your future. An attorney can address these concerns and can guide you to make the right decisions for you.
If you have been accused of public intoxication in Texas, contact Morales & Sparks for a consultation. Our law firm treats you like family and defends you with the same vigor we would our own.