If you’ve were arrested for public intoxication in Houston, TX then you know it can be an embarrassing and scary experience to say the least.
Often, the Houston Police Department will initiate an arrest based on the pretense that you “might” be intoxicated, when, in some cases, this is not the case.
In fact, a Houston Police Department officer can walk right into a bar and arrest on you the spot just for being a lil’ tipsy.
If you find yourself in this situation contact our legal team by calling our law office at 713-489-7373 and we’ll work with you to beat the PI charge.
Beating the charge is important because an arrest for public intoxication creates the occurrence of an alcohol related criminal offense on your background. If you’re convicted of this type of criminal offense it can affect you years down the road when you seek higher education, career advancement, or the approval of lease agreements on rental properties.
Public Intoxication Laws In Texas
Per Texas law, a person commits the crime of Public Intoxication by being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or other devices.
The defining standard of public intoxication is defined as when a person is intoxicated to the point where they represent a danger to the public or themselves. Although we don’t attempt to justify laws, the State of Texas feels this legal standard gives them a way of protecting you from yourself.
Some examples of this concept include the following;
- a person publicly intoxicated is likely to be robbed,
- a person who is intoxicated and public is likely to suffer serious injury,
- a person who is publicly intoxicated, and a motorist, are likely to commit DWI offenses,
- a person who is a passenger of a motorist, who has become publicly intoxicated, is at risk,
- a person who is publicly intoxicated may start a bar fight;
And this is the State of Texas protecting you from yourself.
Penalties for Houston P.I. Offenses
Once you’re arrested for public intoxication in Houston, Harris County, Texas, you’ll have to spend at least 6 to 8 hours in jail.
However, the police officer has the option of issuing you a ticket (a citation) and submitting you to another adult who will take guardianship over you while you’re in your current condition.
However, you’ll still need to appear in court and will need a DWI defense attorney in Houston to defend you and help you keep your record clear of alcohol-related offenses.
Contact The Nelson Firm For Help
Your decision to plead guilty, not guilty, nolo contendere, or to seek deferred adjudication, should be discussed with a DWI or PI lawyer with experience crafting legal strategies based on the situation at hand & the individual facing prosecution.
For over 25 years Attorney Tad A. Nelson has fought on behalf of the accused and has developed a winning record. We’re here for you. You can reach attorney Tad A. Nelson by calling 713-489-7373, or by clicking here to send us a message.