Most people associate alcohol offenses with driving under the influence, but Chapter 106 of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code contains several alcohol offenses that could leave a minor with a criminal record. Our Austin alcohol defense attorneys are committed to preventing a lapse in judgment or peer pressure from ruining a young person's life.
Austin Alcohol Offenses
There are many alcohol offenses, but some of the most common ones handled by the courts in Austin include the following:
- Minor in possession of alcohol: This is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500 and eight to 12 hours of community service. Someone with a prior conviction faces up to 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.
- Consumption of alcohol by a minor: It is a violation of the law for a person who is under 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages unless it is in the presence of his or her parent, guardian, or adult spouse. Penalties upon conviction are the same as for a minor in possession offense.
- Public intoxication: Texas Penal Code §49.02 makes it a class C misdemeanor to be intoxicated in a public place to the extent of being a danger to themselves or others. A public place under the statute includes an establishment, such as a bar or a restaurant, licensed to serve alcohol. The penalty is a fine of as much as $500 if the offender is an adult, but minors are subject to the same penalties for alcohol possession.
Giving Alcohol to a Minor
It is a class A misdemeanor to provide or purchase alcohol for a minor unless the person doing so is the minor's parent, guardian, or adult spouse. The penalty upon conviction is up to one year in jail and a fine up to $4,000.
How an Austin Alcohol Offense Lawyer Can Help
Convictions for alcohol offenses remain a part of your criminal record. If you or a loved one are charged with an alcohol offense, our Austin alcohol offense attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help you avoid the consequences of a conviction.
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