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What should I do after being charged with public intoxication and taken to jail?

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 by Brian Laviage

Hi Mr. Laviage - I found your website while searching for a public intoxication lawyer. Last weekend I went to jail on a public intoxication charge. I was pretty drunk, but not drunk enough to not remember the arrest - though I really don’t remember what I admitted to during the arrest or in jail. My court date is next month and I’ve already paid the ticket. Do I need a lawyer for this? I’m new to Texas and don’t have any prior arrests. Thanks!

John in League City, Texas

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Third public intoxication charge in 10 years

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 by Brian Laviage

Hi Mr. Laviage, I have a question I’m hoping you can help me out with. I was arrested for public intoxication one year in college while floating the Guadalupe river. I was put on deferred adjudication for this charge in 2006. Then, a few years later in 2010, same thing, different place - this time in Austin outside of a restaurant. Now I’m thinking about getting out of my typical office job and applying for a job as a police officer. But, I just got another public intoxication charge about a month ago in Houston and am worried that they won’t accept me due to these infractions.

Is there anything I can do to get these public intoxication charges cleared from my record? How fast can this be done? And can all three be done at the same time to save money?


Jesse in Houston, TX

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Renting a House with a Class C Misdemeanor

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 by Brian Laviage

Hi! I’m looking to rent a house with a few roommates, but I’m worried that a previous Class C Misdemeanor for Public Intoxication will be an issue with potential landlords. I received the citation, payed the fine, and my application for deferred disposition was granted and the probation period ends within the next month. Will this affect my ability to rent a house with my friends? Am I eligible for getting my record expunged? Thanks for the help!

Justin in Dallas, TX

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Public intoxication in Austin

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016 by Brian Laviage

My friends and I were bar hopping on 6th Street after attending ACL (Austin City Limits) this past weekend. They got a bit too rowdy on the street and we were all arrested for public intoxication and spent the night in jail. I was not over the legal limit, but they definitely were. Since I wasn’t drunk, I don’t believe I was treated fairly. What should I do? And what should my friends do? Should they just plead guilty and pay the fine?

Steven in Austin, TX

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