The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

Created in 1935, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is a regulatory agency that deals with the sale, purchase, taxation, importation, transportation, manufacturing, and advertising of alcoholic beverages within the state of Texas. Originally called the Texas Liquor Control Board, the TABC regularly collects more than $200 million in fees and taxes from the sale of liquor. Most of the money collected is used to fund government programs, schools, public services, and research within the state.

The TABC regularly conducts investigations into the sale, import, and transport of alcoholic beverages. One stated purpose is to reduce criminal activity regarding alcoholic beverage trafficking. TABC agents often participate in crackdowns on underage drinking, the sale of alcohol to minors, and the use of “false identification” to buy alcohol in the state. For more information on alcohol and the law in Texas, contact a Dallas DWI lawyer of the offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.

Responsibilities of the TABC

According to the Alcoholic Beverage Code in Texas, the TABC is authorized to:

  • Assess and collect fees and taxes regarding the sale and purchase of alcoholic beverages.
  • Grant, refuse, suspend, or revoke permits allowing the sale of alcohol.
  • Regulate the sale, purchase, transport, manufacturing, and advertising of alcohol in the state.
  • Investigate violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code.
  • Seize illicit beverages and regulate the quality and size of beverages.
  • Pursue legal action against violators of the state code.

It is important to understand the role of the TABC and the laws regarding alcoholic beverage consumption in Texas.

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If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, contact the Dallas DWI lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case.


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