Texas Criminal Charge for Public Intoxication



Sec. 49.02. PUBLIC INTOXICATION. (a) A person commits an offense if the person appears in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that the person may endanger the person or another.

A charge of Public Intoxication in Texas is a Class C Misdemeanor as long as the person is 21 years of age or older.  Minors are handled under Section 106.071, Alcoholic Beverage Code.

For the charge to be applied, the state must prove not only that the person was intoxicated, but that it was to a degree that they may endanger themselves of another.  It is also a defense if the person was administered the substance as a part of the person’s professional medical treatment by a licensed physician.

The Morris Firm, info@themorrisfirm.net, (214)357-1782.


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