Is Public Intoxication Illegal in Texas?

By Jeff Kennedy

Is Public Intoxication Illegal in Texas?

Many people go out for a drink or two in public; that’s not a crime. But, if you’re heading out on the town, you might be wondering, “Is public intoxication illegal in Texas?”

There is a difference between drinking in public and public intoxication. Public intoxication, sometimes referred to as public drunkenness, is when you’ve consume so much alcohol that you become dangerous to yourself or other people.

Being a little tipsy isn’t usually going to get you arrested for public intoxication in Texas. However, if you are visibly drunk, it is possible for you to be charged with public intoxication, which can come with harsher penalties that you might think.

Texas Public Intoxication Penalties

Many people might not realize the negative consequences of getting convicted of being drunk in public. The penalties and consequences of a conviction of public intoxication in Texas include the following:

  • Class C misdemeanor on your permanent record
  • $500 fine
  • Possible child protective services (CPS) investigation
  • Jail time
  • Difficulty obtaining gainful employment
  • Embarrassment for you and your family
  • Financial ramifications
  • Probation or alcohol education classes

In addition to the above negative effects, a conviction of public intoxication makes you seem irresponsible and untrustworthy. This crime, though a misdemeanor, can prevent you from living the best life possible.

Hire a Public Drunkenness Attorney to Get Started on Your Defense

Public intoxication is illegal in Texas. Have you been arrested for public drunkenness? A conviction of any alcohol offense can negatively impact your life. Fight against your charge by working with a Texas public drunkenness attorney with our firm.

Reach out to The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy to begin building your defense right away. Call 817-605-1010 or enter your case information into the form below to contact us.


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