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Public Intoxication Lawyer in Galveston, TX

Skilled Galveston County Legal Support for the Accused

In the state of Texas, you can be arrested and convicted for being intoxicated (otherwise known as drunk and disorderly) in public. Because of the subjective nature of what is considered “disorderly” or drunk, this law has come under criticism as an often-used form of harassment against Texans. Many individuals are arrested for public intoxication without a blood alcohol concentration or field sobriety tests based on the word of the arresting officer alone.

If you are facing a charge of public intoxication, you owe it to yourself to retain the services of a Galveston public intoxication defense attorney at Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC. Our firm can get to work to determine the facts and look into any unlawful police procedure or other legal errors made that will work to your benefit.

Schedule a free consultation with a public intoxication attorney today by calling (409) 204-5566 or contacting us online.

Public Intoxication Law in Texas

The Texas law regarding public intoxication defines intoxication in two ways:

  • Having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher
  • Failing to have the normal use of your mental or physical faculties due to consuming alcohol or a controlled substance

Because of the second part of the definition, a breathalyzer test does not have to be used in order for a police officer to arrest and charge you. You can be arrested simply because the officer says you are intoxicated with no further proof than his “observation.”

What is the Public Intoxication Fine in Texas?

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Public intoxication is charged as a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500. While it may seem easier to just pay the fine, doing so will give you a permanent criminal record which can prove damaging to future employment, housing, licenses, and other opportunities.

Is Public Intoxication A Misdemeanor?

Public intoxication laws and their classification as misdemeanors or other offenses can vary by jurisdiction. In many places, public intoxication is typically classified as a misdemeanor, but it's important to check the specific laws in your jurisdiction to understand the penalties and legal implications.

Public intoxication generally involves being in a public place while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that you are a danger to yourself or others, or you are causing a disturbance. The specific criteria for public intoxication and the penalties associated with it can vary widely from one jurisdiction to another.

In some areas, public intoxication may be treated as a relatively minor offense, resulting in a citation, a fine, or a brief stay in a holding facility or jail. In other places, it may be considered a more serious offense, leading to misdemeanor charges. The penalties may also depend on factors such as the level of intoxication, prior convictions, and local ordinances.

It's crucial to consult the laws and regulations of your specific jurisdiction or seek legal advice from a local attorney to understand how public intoxication is classified and prosecuted in your area. Laws can change, and penalties can vary significantly, so it's essential to be aware of the current legal framework in your location.

Bring Your Case to Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC for a Hard-Hitting Defense

Our criminal defense firm is dedicated to protecting your rights as well as your future. Do not let a conviction taint your reputation and future without a fight. You can count on our team working diligently and with commitment on your behalf throughout the duration of your case.

We are available 24/7. Call (409) 204-5566 today to learn more about public intoxication law in Texas.

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