Public Intoxication

While DWIs are some of the most commonly charged alcohol-related offenses, operating a vehicle while intoxicated is not the only alcohol-related offense which can lead to unwanted consequences.

Public intoxication, charged under Texas statute §49.02 as a Class C misdemeanor, prohibits appearing in a public place while intoxicated to an extent that the defendant may endanger himself or another person.


Lawyer for Public Intoxication Charges in Denton County, Texas

Seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney is a necessary part of successfully defending yourself against public intoxication charges, DWI charges, and other alcohol–related offenses.

The defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are committed to providing the best possible defense to their clients, and tailoring a defense to your circumstances. Call The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at 940-222-8004 now to schedule a free consultation. The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy represents individuals facing public intoxication and other alcohol-related charges in Denton, Lewisville, Sanger, Roanoke, Carrollton, and Argyle Texas.

We also represent college students charged with public intoxication at the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, and surrounding universities and colleges. In addition to public intoxication, high school students and college students can also face charges for the related offense of being a minor in possession of alcohol (often called “under age 21 possession of alcohol”).

The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy operates out of Denton County and accepts clients located in nearby counties including Tarrant County, Dallas County, Grayson County, Cooke County, and Wise County. 


What is Public Intoxication under Texas Law

Texas statute §49.02 defines public intoxication as appearing in a public place while intoxicated an extent where the offender may endanger himself or another person. For the purpose of this statute, “public place” also includes a licensed premises or a location permitted under the Alcoholic Beverage code. Public intoxication is classified as a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $500.

Due to the nature of public intoxication, many college students and young adults are charged with public intoxication due to a lack of proper judgment when consuming alcohol. Whether you are a college student or an adult charged with public intoxication, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy can work with you to find a solution.


Defenses against Public Intoxication

While public intoxication may appear to be a simple charge, there are some defenses available for those charged with this offense. For example, an offender may raise a defense stating that the substance or alcoholic beverage which he or she consumed was administered by a licensed physician for therapeutic purposes as a part of medical treatment.

Raising this type of defense where applicable can result in a reduction or complete dismissal of charges depending on the surrounding facts of the offense.


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Additional Resources

Community Concerns - Visit the Community Concern page of the Denton County Police Department for more information on how to report illegal activity. This website provides contact information for emergency services. Also, find truncated definitions of criminal acts under Texas law.


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Find an Attorney for Public Intoxication Charges in Denton, Texas

If you live in Denton, Texas and were charged with public intoxication, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are ready to take on your case. Contact The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at 940-222-8004 to set up your no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy represents clients in Lewisville, Sanger, Argyle, Carrollton, Roanoke, and surrounding counties including Denton County, Grayson County, Dallas County, Tarrant County, Wise County, and Cooke County.

This article was last updated on December 30, 2016.

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