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The Impact of a Public Intoxication Charge on Your Future

People make mistakes. Sometimes, they do things in the moment without thinking about how their decisions could impact them in the long term. This is especially true of teenagers and college students who often find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Public Intoxication Is a Class C Misdemeanor in Texas

In Texas, a public intoxication charge carries serious consequences. However, it is possible to move forward after a public intoxication arrest. Public intoxication is a Class C Misdemeanor. That means it carries a fine, but the maximum fine does not exceed $500. There is no jail time involved. While public Intoxication is a rather minor offense, you should never just pay the fine and move on. If you do this, like many college kids do, it results in a conviction. Once you’ve received three of these, the fourth becomes a crime punishable by up to 180 days in jail.

By comparison, other Class C Misdemeanors include theft of something valued less than $100, assault with no injury, and possession of drug paraphernalia (without drugs).

You May Have a Criminal Record

Even though public intoxication is a misdemeanor, it should be taken seriously. Your public intoxication charge may become part of your permanent criminal record, which can impact future opportunities—from admission into your dream college to landing the perfect job. You may find yourself explaining the public intoxication charges during a job interview. Additionally it’s a conviction for an alcohol offense that can’t be expunged from your record. Sometimes that is difficult to explain to an employer.

If You Are Under 21, You May Lose Your Driver’s License

The law takes drinking seriously, especially when the people involved are not yet the legal drinking age. If you’re under 21, you may lose your driver’s license after a public intoxication conviction. You may also have to complete an alcohol awareness class and do up to 12 hours of community service.

You May Face Other Consequences Too

If you’re a member of an organization that has a code of conduct, like sports teams and youth leadership organizations, you could risk being kicked out after a public intoxication charge. The best way to protect your membership in these organizations is to hire an experienced attorney who can protect your interests.

Everyone Deserves a Chance to Move Forward. Get Legal Help.

At Lee & Wood, we understand that everyone deserves a chance to move forward, especially young people facing legal challenges. We won’t judge you for getting into trouble. Instead, we’ll work hard to give you the best possible chance at a bright future.

If you want to protect your rights and your freedom, contact us as soon as possible. Call our Fort Worth, Texas, law firm at 817-678-6771 or fill out our online contact form to talk with an experienced lawyer about your criminal defense.