Public intoxication is a charge typically reserved for those individuals who are drunk in public, causing a disturbance or creating a potential safety threat. However, this offense is being used with increasing frequency in DWI cases, adding counts against the driver and increasing the penalties.
If you've been charged with a drunk driving charge or public intoxication, you need the Austin, TX DWI defense attorneys at Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins, P.C. Do not risk your freedom and your future. Call us today at (512) 476-4873 or contact us via email. We can help you with your public intoxication case in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Burnet and Comal counties.
When the police pull you over for a suspected DWI, they may also charge you, as well as any passengers, with public intoxication. While public intoxication seems like a minor charge, it has serious consequences.
- First, police can put you or any other passengers charged with public intoxication in jail, preventing you from posting bond or bail for 4-12 hours.
- Second, charging your passengers with public intoxication enables the prosecutor to discredit their testimony if you are put on trial for drunk driving.
- Third, any prior conviction for public intoxication will count as a previous alcohol-related offense should you be charged with DWI in another incident. In some cases, this will result in a judge ordering that a deep lung air device be installed in your vehicle as condition of probation or even release from jail.
- Minors convicted of public intoxication can also have their license suspended for 30 days on a first offense.
If you or a loved one is charged with public intoxication, make no mistake – this charge has significant implications on your driving future. An experienced attorney can help fight your conviction and prevent further damage to your driving privileges and reputation. The lawyers at Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins have handled drunk driving cases for clients throughout the state of Texas. We understand how serious a conviction of public intoxication can be, and we know how to contest these charges based upon factors used to determine intoxication.
If you or a family member has been charged with public intoxication, prompt action is vital if you want to avoid legal problems down the road. Contact the Texas drunk driving attorneys at MBFC now by calling (512) 476-4873 or contact us via email. We will defend your rights and reputation.
We have 45 years of experience representing clients in Austin, TX and the surrounding communities, including: Travis County (Creedmoor, Elroy, Manor, Pflugerville); Williamson County (Cedar Park, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Florence, Leander, Round Rock, Taylor); Hays County (Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle, San Marcos, Wimberley); Bastrop County (Bastrop, Clearview, Elgin, Rockne, Smithville); Caldwell County (Lockhart, Luling); Burnet County (Bertram, Burnet, Marble Falls); and Comal County (Bulverde, Canyon Lake, Gruene, New Braunfels, Sattler, Startzville).