Dallas Public Intoxication Attorney

If you’ve been arrested or received a citation for public intoxication, there are a few things you should know. First, p.i. is a class “C” misdemeanor, which means the penalty range for this offense includes a fine of up to $500. No jail time can be imposed for public intoxication. However, if you’re convicted, the charge, as well as your arrest record, become a permanent addition to your criminal history. You may be required to list this arrest on a job application. As a result, potential employers may be reluctant to hire you. Texas Penal Code Section 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-1) For the purposes of this section, a premises licensed or permitted under the Alcoholic Beverage Code is a public place. (b) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the alcohol or other substance was administered for therapeutic purposes and as a part of the person’s professional medical treatment by a licensed physician. (c) Except as provided by Subsection (e), an offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor. (d) An offense under this section is not a lesser included offense under Section 49.04. (e) An offense under this section committed by a person younger than 21 years of age is punishable in the same manner as if the minor committed an offense to which Section 106.071, Alcoholic Beverage Code, applies.