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In Texas, which penalties accompany DUI and open and notorious

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In Texas, which penalties accompany DUI and open and notorious possession of a legal and 'clean' handgun owned by you the driver? Not licensed with a 'Concealed Handgun' permit. Just in your trunk and unloaded (full metal jackets in clips).

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In Texas, driving under the influence is a Class B misdemeanor, which means that the maximum penalty is a fine of up to $2,000, up to 180 days imprisonment or both. Tex. Pen. Code, Section 12.22. However, there is a 72 hour mandatory jail term. Section 49.04. There are also other factors that could increase the mandatory minimum jail term, all of which you can view at that link - some examples are if there was an open container in the car, or a child, or if the driver's blood alcohol level exceeded .15, or if the driver has prior offenses.

Carrying a handgun while engaged in criminal activity, which is the likely charge, based on what you've said, is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000, or both. Section 12.21 and 46.02.

Because jail time is mandatory on the DUI charge, when you go in for the initial appearance on these charges, if you cannot afford an attorney, you have a right to have one appointed for you at no cost. You can ask the judge, and he'll appoint one for you at that time. You'll be able to enter a plea of not guilty, and then your lawyer will review all of the evidence and determine the best way to proceed.

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