As Valentine’s Day approaches and you plan how you will celebrate with your loved ones, one thing you may not be thinking about is crime. Unfortunately, crime never takes a day off and neither does the law. It’s important to abide by the law no matter what day it is. Here are the misdemeanors that are most likely to occur on Valentine’s Day and how they may affect your Valentine’s Day.
If you want to take your sweetheart on an adventure, following wherever the road leads you, make sure you’re not on private property. In Texas, there must be verbal or written notice prohibiting trespassers in order to charge a person with trespassing. However, the best thing to do is remain on public roads and in public areas when exploring. Say you’re having a picnic with your valentine by a pond on someone else’s land. The property owner demanding you to leave, with a shotgun in hand, could put a damper on the day.
In Texas, public intoxication means a person’s blood-alcohol concentration is at least .08 and the person is a danger to themselves or others. It’s important to know your limits and not drink past your capabilities. Not only is it embarrassing to have your valentine carry you home, you risk being charged with public intoxication. You and your valentine may be enjoying a glass of wine during dinner at the Gruene Door while someone else has become dangerously intoxicated. In this case, alert the restaurant or store manager immediately and try to safely remove yourselves from the situation.
Theft occurs when someone takes property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property (when someone takes something that isn’t theirs). Texas law defines petty theft as a Class C misdemeanor and applies when something stolen is below the value of $50. A common example of this crime includes “dining and dashing,” when a person eats at a restaurant and then leaves before paying for the meal. Even if your waiter is taking a long time to get you the bill, resist the urge to leave. You will pay much more for the meal in fines than the original cost of the meal.
A first offense DWI is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas, the second most severe misdemeanor; a fine, jail time, and community service are the punishments. Make arrangements ahead of time if you and your valentine decide to drink at a restaurant or anywhere else. Call a cab or have a designated driver to get you and your sweetheart safely home. Be very alert when driving on the roads on the evening of Valentine’s Day, because there could be intoxicated couples driving home from an evening out.
Valentine’s Day calls for celebration and possibly a picnic in Rio Vista Park or dinner by the Guadalupe River. However, the law still applies and it’s important to obey the law. If you need an experienced lawyer this Valentine’s Day weekend or any other time of the year, contact the Kyle Law Firm servicing the San Marcos, New Braunfels, and Seguin,Texas areas. We are dedicated to providing you with the best legal counsel and advice.
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