Why Should You Be Nice To Others?

by Richard Jones  - May 23, 2023

Why Should You Be Nice To Others?

Why Should You Be Nice To Others?

– RJ, Texas


A few years ago I was sitting in municipal court. Unfortunately, I was there waiting on my own speeding ticket. The prosecutors were generally being nice to all the folks who were there. I overhead one person who charged with two public intoxications talking to a prosecutor.

The prosecutor told him that he could do community service and have them dismissed or he could pay a reduced fine and be convicted of both. I was going to be a nice guy and tell him he should do the community service because if you have been convicted two or more times for public intoxication, his next could be enhanced to a class “B” (punishable by up to 180 days in jail).

People charged with public intoxication enhanced don’t get tickets, they go to jail. I was waiting for the right moment to tell him this, when he started mouthing off at the prosecutor. I didn’t like his attitude so I kept my mouth shut. He took the convictions.

Given that he had gotten two public intoxications in a short time, odds are he was likely to get another one. Except he was going to go to jail. I don’t like to see people go to jail for public intoxication, but I don’t have to volunteer to help rude people.

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Richard Jones

Austin criminal defense attorney Richard Jones. This legal practice is dedicated to helping individuals like you—those caught in the crosshairs of criminal allegations and in dire need of dependable legal counsel. Richard also proficient in handling allegations related to theft crimes and is prepared to assist you during this stressful time.