Jonathan M. Apgar
Attorney and Counselor at Law

You are charged with the crime of public intoxication.

The actions you take RIGHT NOW will be the difference between getting a dismissal of your charge...or receiving a conviction and a permanent criminal record.


Fear is what you felt when the handcuffs were placed around your wrists and you were arrested for public intoxication. When you were thrown into the back of a police car. And when you were booked into jail and tossed into a dirty holding cell for the night.

Confused, frightened, and probably angry.

Uncertainty is what you felt the next day. Will I lose my job? How will this affect my career? What punishment am I facing?

What do I do? Where do I turn? What happens now?

Fear and uncertainty led you here. Right now. You are here looking for answers and solutions.

Keep reading. You'll find them.


On any given night, police officers arrest many people for public intoxication. More often than not, the arrest is based on weak and flimsy evidence after little or no investigation, because the police don't need much to put on the handcuffs and take you to jail.

However, once those handcuffs go on your wrists, you now face a criminal charge that can derail your life, your career, and your future plans if not properly handled.

Maybe someone at the jail told you this isn't a big deal. Or that it is "just a ticket."

Public intoxication is a criminal offense. Under the same Chapter in the Penal Code as other intoxication offenses, like DWI.

So, yes, it is a big deal. It can result in a permanent criminal record if you don't take action immediately and take control of this situation.

Your fear and uncertainty and confusion may cause you to believe you can't win. That you can't beat the system. And therefore you should just pay the fine and move on.

Don't do it. Even if you think you are guilty.

(Sidenote: If you already pled guilty or no contest at the jail, don't worry. I can fix that.)

Paying the fine is an admission of guilt. It guarantees you a criminal record and puts you at a constant disadvantage in the future.

Employers, landlords, mortgage lenders, insurance companies, schools, and volunteer agencies often require you to report criminal convictions, and they conduct background checks for criminal convictions when evaluating applicants.

In some cases, a criminal record can even prevent you from traveling outside of the United States.

A conviction and a criminal record puts you at a major disadvantage. You already know this.

You've worked hard to get where you are in life. Don't let all that time and hard work get ruined by this one incident.

You have a much better option.


Being arrested and charged with public intoxication does NOT mean you are guilty. All it means is one police officer has accused you of violating the law.

You don't have to "prove your innocence." Rather, the State of Texas has the entire burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

And that is a tough burden for them to meet.

A smart, experienced, aggressive and persistent criminal defense attorney can ensure you never experience the negative future consequences of a criminal record.

Don't just pay the fine and admit guilt. Don't do the work for them. Don't voluntarily create a criminal record for yourself.

Don't let them win.

Now is the time to take control of the situation so you can secure and protect your future.

Now is the time to retain my legal services and obtain a dismissal of your public intoxication case.


Recently, I was selected as a Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney, and previously I was honored to be named a Texas Super Lawyer. Less than 2.5% of lawyers receive that distinction.

I'm Jonathan Apgar.

Attorney at Law and a Problem Solver.

Public intoxication offenses comprise the majority of my criminal defense cases. I deal with these cases on a daily basis.

Over the past 13+ years, I have handled thousands of public intoxication cases. Including some very tough cases where the evidence was stacked against us. Nearly all of my cases resulted in a dismissal of the charge with no criminal record for my relieved client.

Let's add your name to that list.

And the promise I make is that your case will be handled with the same care and attention as the thousands before. All for a competitive and affordable legal fee.

I am one of the most accessible criminal defense attorneys in Texas. I personally return all phone calls and emails.

You will talk to me. Not to a secretary, and not to an assistant.

When my cases are over, many of my clients tell me I have forever changed the way they view lawyers.

Now, let's discuss the process.


The initial phase of your case is my opportunity to meet with the prosecutor, frame the incident in the light most favorable to you, and highlight any legal issues or circumstances helpful to our defense.

It is also my opportunity to aggressively negotiate and secure the BEST solution to your case.

What is that solution?

A dismissal of the public intoxication charge, either immediately or after a short waiting period.

In most cases, you never appear in court or see a Judge.

I handle all the stress for you.

This is the best and least expensive option for solving your problem.

Let me explain how a pretrial dismissal provides you with the most benefits.


A dismissal of your case means you never admit guilt to the offense, and you are never found guilty of the offense.

It means you are not convicted of public intoxication.

And the court does not report any information about the case on your criminal history.

A dismissal then allows you to expunge and destroy all records from the arrest and the court case, and legally deny this incident ever happened.

You read that right.

NO record of the arrest.

NO record of the court case.

NO embarrassing information appears on a background check.

Like this nightmare never happened.

Of the thousands and thousands of clients who have trusted me with their public intoxication cases, 99.8% have received this successful result.

And while no ethical lawyer can guarantee a specific result in any case, I am extremely proud of my successful track record.


Jury trials are the exception in public intoxication cases. They are expensive, and the outcome for you is uncertain. Almost all public intoxication cases are resolved without the necessity of a trial.

However, in the rare and unlikely event things do not go our way in the initial stages of the case, I am always willing to take your case to trial and force the State to try to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

I am highly skilled and experienced at cross-examining police officers on the witness stand, exposing holes and inconsistencies in their testimony, and persuading a jury that the State did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.


There is a limited amount of time to respond to your public intoxication charge and preserve your dismissal options.

Contact me. RIGHT NOW.

It's easy to do.

Obtain a free case evaluation and free consultation by filling out and submitting the form at the top left of this page or by calling our office at 214.521.2200. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no obligation.

You came to my website because you had fear and uncertainty and confusion about your legal situation. You needed information, reassurance, guidance, and most importantly, a solution to this problem.

You made a great decision. Because I can help you. Like I have helped thousands of others before you.

You have a problem, and I have your solution.

But I can't solve this problem unless you take the next step.

So take control of your situation and contact me. RIGHT NOW.

Don't wait any longer. Turn your fear, uncertainty, and confusion into RELIEF and REASSURANCE about your future.

Jonathan M. Apgar, Esq.
4131 N. Central Expy #680
Dallas, Texas 75204
Phone: 214.521.2200

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