Texas Tech Public Intoxication Charges

Texas DWI lawyer Stephen Hamilton explains the Consequences of a Public Intoxication Charge for Texas Tech students.

If you’re over 21, you can legally consume alcohol in the state of Texas. The state of Texas has two criteria that must be met for someone to be charged with Public Intoxication (PI):

1. the person must have been in a public place

2. you present a danger to yourself or someone else

The Texas Tech campus is considered a public place. Schools, office buildings, hospitals, parks, any venue that is licensed to sell alcohol, such as a bar, restaurant, sports arena, etc., sidewalks, and all thoroughfares are other examples of public places.

Whether you represent a danger to yourself or another person is wholly subjective—it is solely at the discretion of the officer who makes the charge.

Public Intoxication is a misdemeanor charge that carries a fine of up to $500. If that doesn’t seem like such a huge deal to you, it also carries long-term health and life insurance consequential costs and is a major red flag for employers, landlords, and institutions of higher education.

Why? Because it demonstrates poor judgment on your part and a seeming indifference to whether your actions might endanger others. This is not the kind of person a landlord wants living on their property, an employer wants working for their company, or a medical, law, or other professional school wants on their premises.

The same goes for Texas Tech.

If you have been charged for Public Intoxication as a student at Texas Tech, call my office immediately at (806) 444-4444.