What Should I Do if I Am Stopped for DWI?
The State of Texas takes its drinking and driving laws very seriously, and sometimes, the police can be overzealous in their efforts. If you are stopped for DWI, the very best advice anyone can give you and that you should always follow is to remain calm and respectful – while doing what you can to safeguard your rights from the outset. While your DWI case will not be exactly like anyone else’s, there are some basic steps that can help you get through this difficult situation the best way possible.
First Things First
If you are pulled over for DWI, the first steps you should take include all of the following:
As soon as you see those flashing lights behind you, pull over as safely and as quickly as you can.
After coming to a safe stop out of the way of traffic, put your car in park, turn off your engine, turn off your music, and roll your window all the way down in preparation for the officer. Do not turn your dome lights on.
Be courteous and respectful throughout the interaction (everything you say is very likely being recorded).
Provide the officer with your name, driver’s license, car registration, and proof of insurance (when asked).
Understand that, no matter how friendly and accommodating the officer is, he or she is not your friend.
If you are asked to step out of your car, do so – and remember that you are on camera. Now is not the time to defend yourself vociferously or to voice your concerns about the stop.
By following these basic steps, you do yourself and your DWI case an immense favor.
Exercise Your Rights
One of the most important things you can do if you are arrested for DWI is to know your rights and to exercise these rights. In essence, this means that when the police officer starts asking leading questions about how much you have had to drink and about which bars you were hanging out in, you should assert your right to have a Copperas Cove criminal defense attorney. Barring this, you should courteously invoke your right to remain silent.
You Do Have the Right to Refuse Field Sobriety Tests and a Breathalyzer Test
You have the right to refuse to take a field sobriety test, and there is no compelling reason for not doing so. You also have the legal right to refuse a breathalyzer test, but such a refusal leads to an immediate license suspension. A savvy criminal defense lawyer, however, can help you address this matter after the fact.
It Is Time to Consult with a Copperas Cove Criminal Defense Attorney
Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has been serving Copperas Cove as a highly effective criminal defense lawyer for more than 20 years, and he is here for you, too. To learn more, please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.