I have handled thousands of Public Intoxication cases

You have been accused of public intoxication, your reputation and job are on the line, and you want this charge dismissed? Look no further.

Many responsible social drinkers will find themselves facing a public intoxication charge at some point in their lives. You thought it couldn't happen to you, right? It can. I have represented individuals from all walks of life who were charged with public intoxication.

Police officers arrest many people for public intoxication, sometimes based on weak evidence, and the police do not always follow proper procedures in making these arrests. However, being arrested and charged with a criminal offense does NOT necessarily mean you are guilty. It only means you are accused of violating the law. The State has the burden of proving your guilt, so you shouldn't just pay a fine simply because you were arrested or charged with an offense.

You should not simply pay the fine and receive a conviction

Although a public intoxication charge is a Class "C" misdemeanor, you should not simply pay the fine and receive a conviction that may hurt you in the future. Rather, you should seriously consider hiring a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney who can protect your constitutional rights and do everything possible to keep the charge off your record. Your future is at stake!

A public intoxication conviction can result in many long-term negative consequences for you

A conviction for public intoxication may appear on your criminal record for LIFE. Employers, landlords, mortgage lenders, insurance companies, schools, and volunteer agencies may require you to report criminal convictions, and may conduct background checks for criminal convictions when evaluating applicants.

In a tough, competitive job market, the last thing you need is a criminal conviction on your record. Furthermore, an alcohol-related conviction may be used against you in certain criminal cases to add extra conditions to a bond or to enhance penalities.

I will negotiate aggressively on your behalf

The pretrial phase of your case is my opportunity to meet with the prosecutor, point out any legal issues or mitigating circumstances that might exist in your case, and aggressively negotiate a plea bargain offer, which usually results in a dismissal of the case, either immediately or after a short deferred probationary period.

If you are 21 or older, in many cases you won't have to complete any community service hours or attend an alcohol awareness class as a condition of any deferred probationary period.

Since 2008, most of my public intoxication cases have resulted in a dismissal of charges with reduced fines (or no fines at all), no classes, no community service...and NO criminal record! Please be aware that each case is unique, and past successful results are not necessarily a guarantee of any particular result in any specific case.

A dismissal allows you to later expunge all records related to your public intoxication charge and legally deny it ever occured

My pretrial strategy may give you an opportunity to avoid a conviction on your record, which allows you to expunge all records associated with your arrest and public intoxication charge, and legally deny it ever occurred. Now even more good news...

Most of my cases have resulted in a dismissal of the charge

To date, I have a great success rate in preventing final convictions for public intoxication, including cases where clients fell down in front of a police officer, vomited, failed field sobriety tests, admitted to being intoxicated, or were currently on probation for other alcohol-related offenses. Again, no ethical lawyer can guarantee you a specific result in any case. However, I'm very proud of my track record.

I am always willing to take your case to trial if necessary

If my pretrial efforts do not result in an immediate or conditional dismissal of your public intoxication charge, I am always willing to take your case to trial. While it is very easy for a police officer to arrest you and charge you with public intoxication, it is difficult for the State to later prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt...especially when the State has no field sobriety tests, breath or blood tests, video of your behavior and demeanor, or other evidence to prove intoxication.

As part of your free initial consultation, I will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your specific case, the defenses available, and the corresponding advantages and disadvantages of a trial, so you can make the best decision possible regarding how to resolve your public intoxication charge.

You should strongly consider retaining an aggressive, experienced lawyer to protect your rights and reputation

There is a limited amount of time to respond to your public intoxication charge and preserve your various pretrial dismissal options, so call or email today for your free case evaluation. At a time like this, you should strongly consider retaining an aggressive, experienced lawyer to protect your rights and reputation.

Hiring a public intoxication lawyer is an important decision


"Good lawyers aren't cheap, and cheap lawyers aren't good!"

Some lawyers offer a very low fee that seems too good to be true. Here are some important questions to consider when deciding which criminal defense lawyer to entrust with your case:

How many public intoxication cases does the lawyer handle each year?

If you prefer a lawyer who devotes a large part of his criminal defense practice to public intoxication cases, and who successfully handles hundreds of public intoxication cases each year, then you should strongly consider hiring me.

How involved will the lawyer be in my case?

If you want your lawyer to handle all aspects of your case, and to personally speak with you by phone and answer your emails, then you should strongly consider hiring me.

How accessible will the lawyer be?

Your case is very important to you, and it is very important to me. If you want your lawyer to respond to your calls or emails within 24 hours (if not immediately), then you should strongly consider hiring me.

Is the lawyer willing to try my case to a jury if necessary?

Sometimes, things don't work out in the pretrial stage of the case. If you want a lawyer willing to take your case to trial if necessary and force the State to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, then you should strongly consider hiring me.

How important am I to the lawyer?

You are not just another name and case number on my docket. If you want a lawyer who understands your questions and listens to your concerns, who takes your case very seriously, and who always tries to exceed every client's expectations, then you should strongly consider hiring me.

Call or email today for your FREE consultation

My pretrial legal fee for handling a public intoxication charge is competitive in the DFW and North Texas area, and affordable for most budgets. It is a small price to pay if it helps you avoid a conviction that could be used against you by employers, landlords, mortgage lenders, insurance companies, schools, volunteer agencies, and others.

We accept credit cards for payment of legal fees.

My pretrial legal fee is competitive and affordable

I personally manage all aspects of every case, and devote a large part of my law practice to the defense of public intoxication charges. I also handle cases that are in warrant status. Call or email today for your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.


Jonathan M. Apgar, Esq.
4131 N. Central Expy #680
Dallas, Texas 75204-2171
Phone: 214.521.2200
jon@schulteapgar.com


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