Public Intoxicaton

If you are out on the town, enjoying a few drinks with family and friends, you may think that you are safe from any potential criminal charges. But under Texas law, if the police believe that you are a danger to yourself or others because you are drunk, you could be charged with the crime of Public Intoxication. You could even be arrested without first being given a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test.  

At the Law Office of Chad West, we offer an emergency jail release option for our clients.  If you are incarcerated on Public Intoxication charges in Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant or Rockwall County, call us anytime at 214-282-0035.  We will post bond for you and will defend you on the criminal charges.  

Consequences of a Public Intoxication Charge

Because Public Intoxication is only a Class C Misdemeanor, the immediate legal consequences of a conviction may not seem that serious; you can simply pay the fine and move on with your life.  However, if you plead guilty to this charge, you will have a criminal conviction on your record — which could affect the rest of your life!  

Many Public Intoxication charges are based on fairly weak evidence, such as that the person seemed really drunk to the officer.  

The law on Public Intoxication is incredibly broad:

  “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.”

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The Regulations in Texas Varies

There is no requirement that you have a certain blood alcohol content, and “endanger” is not defined. A good Texas criminal defense attorney can attack the basis of your arrest, challenging the officer’s observations and conclusions, and making an argument to the prosecutor that you never should have been arrested in the first place. In most cases, the charge may be dismissed entirely — if you hire a good lawyer who understands the law and how to apply it to the facts of your case.

Public Intoxication Defense Attorney in Dallas, Texas

If you have been charged with Public Intoxication, do not plead guilty! Instead, call the Law Office of Chad West. We will analyze your case and present an argument to the prosecutor that your charges should be dropped. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you if you have been charged with Public Intoxication in Dallas or the surrounding communities.