Advocacy That Puts You First.

Photo of Alicia Lackey

Understanding Public Intoxication

Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor in Texas. It occurs when a person appears in a public place while under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the point that they may endanger themselves or others. This offense may even be associated with DWI charges, and it’s essential to understand the legal implications of both.

Public intoxication charges can lead to serious consequences that could impact your future, especially if you are convicted. When you are facing criminal charges, it is important to talk to an experienced attorney who can help you with your case. The attorneys at Lackey Law Firm, P.C., understand the complications that can come from criminal charges and can support you through the process.

DWI Charges And Alcohol Concentration

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be a serious offense in Texas. It can occur when a person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the extant that violates the law. One factor in a DWI case can be having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of over 0.08%. However, it’s important to note that a person can still be charged and convicted with DWI, even if the individual’s blood alcohol content is not tested. Further, a DWI charge can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to drive.

Disorderly Conduct

It’s also important to understand the definition of disorderly conduct, which can encompass a variety of behaviors. Disorderly conduct can include behaviors such as:

  • Throwing objects at people or property
  • Fighting
  • Using abusive language
  • Obstructing traffic

Additionally, it’s essential to understand that there may be long-term consequences of charges for disorderly conduct.

Dismissal Of Charges

If you are charged with any crime, such as public intoxication or DWI, there may be options for dismissal of the charges. For example, if the police did not follow proper protocol during the arrest or if there is insufficient evidence, then the charges may be dismissed. Getting charges dismissed can be crucial in clearing your record after facing criminal charges.

Get Legal Help Today

If you or a loved one is facing charges related to public intoxication or DWI, it’s crucial to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our law firm provides skilled legal services to clients throughout Texas.* We have Spanish-speaking staff and are committed to helping clients navigate the legal system with confidence and peace of mind. Contact us today to schedule a consultation by calling 888-705-0307 or filling out this short contact form.

*Main office is located in Austin, Texas. All office locations are staffed by appointment only.