Public Intoxication is a criminal offense prohibiting a person to be intoxicated in a public place or area with public access. The individual need not be heavily intoxicated; just so intoxicated that the person can no longer care for himself or herself or creates a danger to others.
Texas Penal Code Sec. 49.02. PUBLIC INTOXICATION indicates 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.
For individuals arrested for Public Intoxication who are over the age of 21, the punishment for being Drunk in Public or Public Intoxication is a Class C Misdemeanor, meaning the individual could fines of up to $500. An offense under this section committed by a person younger than 21 years of age is also considered a Class C Misdemeanor; however there are more consequences. This includes the potential to Suspend a Driver's License or Delay the ability to obtain one. For repeat offenders under the age of 21, who have been previously convicted at least twice of an offense to which this section applies, the offense is punishable by: (1) a fine of not less than $250 or more than $2,000;(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or (3) both the fine and confinement.
The most common drunk in public arrests are the result of being stopped while walking home from a bar or college party. Officers typically observe loud or rowdy behavior that is sometimes accompanied by fighting, vandalism, or shouting.
A Lawyer can help with a Public Intoxication case is several ways. First, a Lawyer can appear in court for you, which helps you avoid missing work or school. Second, a Lawyer actively defends your case by reviewing the reports and evidence, to determine if there's enough evidence to actually bring the charges. Lastly, a Lawyer meets with the Prosecutor and Judge, all in an effort to try and dismiss the case.
Don't go to Court without a Lawyer! A typical Public Intoxication ticket in Austin carries with it (on average) a $500 fine plus court costs. Many times, multiple court settings are requried. Add into that the cost of a Bond, lost wages from work, travel, parking, and other costs, and you could be looking at close to $1000. A Lawyer can help with all of that, and for a fraction of the cost. Plus, the results a lawyer will acheive are almost always better than if you walked into court yourself, without a Lawyer -- both in disposition (outcome) and in costs. Find out the benefits of a lawyer for your PI case. Call us.
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