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Under Texas Law, Sec. 49.02. PUBLIC INTOXICATION. (a) A person commits an offense if the person appears in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that the person may endanger the person or another.
This is considered a Class "C" misdemeanor. This is the lowest level of crime and is punishable by a fine not more than $500.
If you made a plea of nolo contendere online, this means you are not contesting the charges. This is the same as a guilty plea. However, this type of plea could not be used against you if someone were to sue you in civil court for the same actions. By paying the fine online, you agreed to the charges. The only other alternative to paying the fine, would be going to court to face trial.
If this is your only conviction, you would be able to apply for expunge (clean) your record after 180 days from the time of your arrest. This right is found under Art 55.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
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