Summer means good food, good people and good times, nowhere truer than in Texas. But before you jump into your summer celebration plans in the Lone Star state, review these top tips to avoid an arrest this summer in Texas.
Find a Designated Driver
Before you head out to a BBQ, concert or day at the lake, make sure you have a designated driver. This is the single best way to avoid charges for drinking and driving. Uber and other ride-sharing services are a great backup. Similarly, always operate watercraft sober. You can be charged with a BWI (boating while intoxicated) if you are caught operating a boat while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Keep It Respectable
Public intoxication is illegal in Texas if you are intoxicated to a degree that makes you a danger to yourself or others. With that in mind, try to stay composed whenever intoxicated in a public space. Don’t provoke other people or cause a scene. You never know who will call the cops. Even if you are responsible and choose not to drink and drive, follow pedestrian laws, as crossing or walking along the road illegally can land you in cuffs. Police officers can use their discretion when determining the degree of danger you pose, so always err on the side of caution.
Don’t Be in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
Even if you are an innocent bystander, try to steer clear of scenes where an arrest is likely. Think bar brawls or drunken confrontations at large public gatherings. Again, police officers have a wide range of discretion to use when arresting people. And if they arrive on the scene in the middle of a commotion, they may—and often do—arrest the wrong people. Even if your name is eventually cleared from a crime you didn’t commit, that arrest may still appear on your criminal record unless you take steps to have it removed.
Find Some Good Clean Fun
There is no shortage of ways to beat the heat and enjoy the Texas summer. But to avoid an arrest, be cautious when drinking, and avoid people who are likely to cause trouble. Summer typically means increased law enforcement presence near beaches, lake resorts, festivals and concerts. Above all, use your common sense. And call a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney immediately if you are arrested.
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