Even “Minor” Charges Require a Serious Defense, and even Small Mistakes Can Lead to Criminal Records. Our attorneys at Hill & Skinner are here to help defend you if you have been charged with public intoxication in Fort Worth, Tarrant & Parker county.
When you have a criminal record, anyone who performs a background check is able to see it. Even if it’s only a minor violation, it can give potential employers, lenders or landlords pause when considering your application. Don’t risk a conviction if it can be avoided – Work towards the best possible result with an experienced Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer. If you or your child have been arrested for public intoxication, fictitious identification (using a fake ID), evading arrest or any other minor charge, talk to an experienced attorney about your situation today!
Do not make the mistake of taking a criminal charge lightly. Even if the circumstances around the arrest seem like a “great story to tell” there is nothing funny about being denied employment, a loan or even approval for a place to live because you have a criminal charge on your record. We help people defend their rights and keep a clean record for a wide variety of charges that may stem from a “night out”.
WHEN A NIGHT OUT ENDS UP WITH SOMEONE IN JAIL
It’s normal for college students and young adults to spend time going to bars and generally having a good time. However, there are times when a fun night out can turn into a problem with the police, and that’s not the type of problem you can sleep off.
While it is technically illegal to be under the influence in public, it’s usually something that you’re charged with more for irritating a police officer than anything else. Texas law says that someone is guilty of public intoxication if they appear in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that they may endanger themselves or another person.
FALSE IDENTIFICATION, USE / POSSESSION OF A FAKE ID
It’s not uncommon for people who are just under the legal age to use a fake ID to gain entry into a bar or nightclub, or to buy alcohol from liquor store. While it’s more or less a victimless crime, it can come with some heavy fines and penalties.
If you were at a party and “ran from the police” you may have been charged with evading arrest in addition to anything else you were charged with. Evading arrest is defined as intentionally fleeing from a person you know is a peace officer or federal investigator attempting to lawfully arrest or detain you.
Unruly or obnoxious behavior in public can be a violation of Texas state law. You might get charged with disorderly conduct for “disturbing the peace” or otherwise acting in a disruptive manner but not necessarily presenting any danger to yourself or the people around you.
MINOR IN CONSUMPTION
When referring to alcohol related charges, “Minor” refers to someone under 21, the legal drinking age in Texas. It is illegal for anyone under 21 to consume, possess or attempt to purchase alcohol.