Public Intoxication Lawyer Fort Worth,
Arlington, Tarrant County
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged for Public Intoxication, a fundamental key to an effective defense of the charges is to hire an experienced criminal lawyer to represent you. Our goal in every Public Intoxication case is to fully investigate every aspect of the case, develop an effective and aggressive defense strategy, and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Penalties for Public Intoxication
Section 49.02 of the Texas Penal Code provides that a person commits an offense if the person appears in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that the person may endanger the person or another. Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500.
Although the penalty of fine does not seem as severe as jail time, you should be aware that a record of arrest for Public Intoxication is public record and can be accessed by numerous persons including employers, creditors, and educators. If you have been arrested for Public Intoxication, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can assist you with resolving the charges with a dismissal or in a manner that will allow the Public Intoxication arrest to be expunged from your record.
Experienced Public Intoxication Defense Attorneys
With over 45 years of combined legal experience in defending clients charged with Public Intoxication, we have the experience, knowledge, expertise, and proven record to provide our clients with the best possible defense of Public Intoxication charges. Our Public Intoxication criminal lawyers have favorably resolved hundreds of Public Intoxication charges for our clients.
Texas Penal Code §
(a) A person commits an offense if the person appears in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that the person may endanger the person or another.
(b) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the alcohol or other substance was administered for therapeutic purposes and as a part of the person's professional medical treatment by a licensed physician.
(c) Except as provided by Subsection (e), an offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
(d) An offense under this section is not a lesser included offense under Section 49.04.
(e) An offense under this section committed by a person younger than 21 years of age is punishable in the same manner as if the minor committed an offense to which Section 106.071, Alcoholic Beverage Code, applies.
If you or a loved one is in need of a Tarrant County criminal defense attorney for Public Intoxication charges, contact us at (817) 460-4500 to discuss the specific facts of your case.