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Alcohol Laws in Texas

Texas has very strict laws in place regarding the consumption of alcohol. Although many regulations are nationwide, the penalties associated with each illegal activity can be altered from state to state. Drinking laws restrict the amount of alcohol that can be consumed, who is allowed to drink, and the type of activities that can be performed when drinking.

If you or someone you love has been charged with an offense related to the consumption of alcohol, taking immediate action against the accusations may help to clear your name. Contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your case and your legal rights.

Alcohol Law Guidelines

The following are some basic guidelines regarding alcohol laws in the state of Texas:

  • You must be 21 years of age to consume, be in possession of, or purchase alcohol.
  • Individuals under the age of 21 must be with a parent, guardian, or spouse who is over the age of 21 in order to legally consume alcohol.
  • It is illegal to distribute alcohol to minors under the legal drinking age.
  • Individuals cannot appear intoxicated in a public place.
  • There is limited vendor responsibility to restrict the consumption of alcohol by underage patrons in bars or restaurants and social host responsibility to restrict consumption at private homes.

The legal consequences of an illegal act involving alcohol may include a suspended driver's license, probation, alcohol awareness courses, fines, and jail time.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has been accused of violating a law regarding alcohol or alcohol consumption, contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 for a free consultation.


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