Dram Shop Laws in Texas

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In Texas, as well as across the United States, if the negligent action of a person under the influence of alcohol leads to an accident, they may be held liable for resulting damages. However, depending on the situation, an injured person may also bring a claim against a third-party who provided the negligent person with alcohol. This is possible because of “dram shop” laws. If you have been implicated through Texas’ dram shop laws, contact Peveto Law today. Our Plano criminal defense attorney possesses more than a decade of experience and has proven success defending clients against alcohol-related offenses.


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When Can I be Held Liable as a Third-Party?

In Texas, dram shop laws state that a vendor, host, or provider of alcohol may incur liability for the actions of a drunk guest or patron in specific situations. Dram shop laws can apply not only to businesses such as bars and restaurants but to the hosts of private or social events as well.

A third-party may be liable under dram shop laws under if:

  • The intoxicated person is a minor under the age of 18
  • Alcohol continued to be served to a clearly intoxicated patron
  • It was likely that continuing to serve alcohol would lead to an accident

For example, imagine that you served a patron alcohol who was unable to maintain their balance and was seen tripping over chairs. If that person then falls, pushing and injuring another person, the injured party may be able to bring a claim against you under dram shop laws, arguing that you continued to serve a clearly intoxicated person. Third-parties may also be liable after a person leaves their premises, such as if they cause a car accident. If the party was under 18 years of age, the incident may be enough without needing to show that the minor was clearly intoxicated.

Accused of an Alcohol-Related Offense? Call Us!

If you have been named in a claim or lawsuit through dram shop laws or you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, Peveto Law can help. Our lead Plano criminal defense attorney is deeply familiar with drunk driving and dram shop laws in Texas and can help you to understand the nature of your case. We proudly serve Collin County, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties.

Call 972-339-8033 or contact us online and speak to an attorney about your case.