Out-of-State Visitor Arrests

Every year foreign and domestic travelers to the DFW Metroplex spend billions of dollars visiting and vacationing in the area; and, with so much to do, it’s no wonder. The unique culture and opportunities in Texas is what has given this state the reputation for being like a whole other country. Unfortunately, what many visitors forget is that we also have a unique – and often harsh – legal culture, resulting in many tourist arrests.

Texas code is notorious for being pretty straightforward about legal issues. Fortunately that leaves the responsibility of determining specifics for individual cases up to the counties, which can implement special programs or make special considerations. Navigating the legal systems can be stressful and time-consuming, though, so contact an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney today to help take care of your case.

Dallas Out-of-State Visitor Arrest Lawyer

The team at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy have over a decade of experience in Texas criminal defense law. If you are an out-of-state visitor who has been arrested for a criminal offense in Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Mckinney, Mesquite, Denton, Fort Worth, Arlington, Decatur, Terrell, Weatherford, Sherman, Rockwall, Burleson, Waxahachie or any of the surrounding areas, call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for your free consultation.

We will work to minimize your physical involvement with your case so that you can get back to your life in your own state or country.


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Common Out-of-State Visitor Offenses in Dallas

Most out-of-state visitor offenses in Dallas are entertainment-related. It is important to remember, especially when travelling domestically, that every state has different laws regarding different issues and you are expected to abide by the laws in the jurisdiction you’re visiting. The following are common offenses committed by out-of-state visitors in Dallas:

  • Public Intoxication – A person can be arrested for PI in Texas when intoxicated in a public place to a degree that he or she is a danger to him/herself or others. This includes establishments that have alcohol licensing.
  • Driving While Intoxicated – Known as DUI in other states, a person commits this offense when operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, narcotics, marijuana, or prescription drugs. Texas is particularly harsh about cracking down on these cases – so if you’re drinking stay under the legal limit of .08 or use another mode of transportation.
  • Possession of Marijuana – Texas does not allow marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. If you are knowingly and intentionally in possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. Charges for more than 2 ounces can go all the way up to a First-Degree Felony depending on the amount.
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – A controlled substance in Texas includes prescription medications and narcotics such as cocaine, heroin, and LSD. If you carry your medications in a different container than the pharmacy issued, make sure you have a copy of your prescription on hand.
  • Disorderly Conduct – Known in other jurisdictions as reckless conduct or disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct covers everything from profane verbal and body language to threats, to fights. Additionally, someone who discharges a gun in celebration of a holiday can be arrested for disorderly conduct.
  • Shoplifting – This is any instance when a person takes another person’s property without his or her effective consent, including failure to pay. Depending on the value of the goods stolen you could be facing anywhere from a Class C Misdemeanor to a State Jail Felony or harsher. Many of these offenses don’t have to take place if the alleged offender would double-check their person and shopping bags before leaving the store.

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Texas Consequences for Offenses Committed in Dallas Metroplex

While some states specify punishments for each type of offense within code, Texas sets forth standard consequences for each class of offense. The following are the classes of misdemeanors and felonies and their corresponding standard maximum punishment:

Class C Misdemeanor

  • $500 fine

Class B Misdemeanor

  • $2000 fine
  • 180 days of jail time

Class A Misdemeanor

  • $4000 fine
  • One year of jail time

State Jail Felony

  • $10,000 fine
  • 2 years of jail time

Third-Degree Felony

  • $10,000 fine
  • 10 years of jail time

Second-Degree Felony

  • $10,000 fine
  • 20 years of jail time

First-Degree Felony

  • $10,000 fine
  • 99 years of jail time

Capital Felony

  • Life in prison
  • Life in prison without parole
  • Death penalty

In addition to the standard punishments, state districts, counties, and municipalities may have their own standards or amendments that could mitigate or increase the punishments in your case. Navigating these standards is tricky – an experienced Dallas defense attorney could help you achieve a more favorable outcome.


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Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Dallas County Out-of-State Offender Attorney

There are many benefits to individual states’ rights. However, one of the downsides is you may be in violation of a law you were unaware of and get arrested while travelling.

If you are an out-of-state or international guest and have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas County, Tarrant County, Denton County, Collin County, Wise County, Kaufman County, Parker County, Grayson County, Rockwall County, Johnson County, Ellis County or the surrounding areas, trust your case to an experienced Texas firm that knows the local standard of law. Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today at (972) 233-5700 for your free consultation.


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