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What to do if you are stopped for a DWI in Texas.
If you get pulled over for suspicion of DWI or drunk driving in Texas, here are some simple steps you may want to consider. Keep in mind, that by following these simple steps, the police officer will likely arrest you and you may lose your driver’s license.
Check out our ALR Hearings page to see how you can keep your driver’s license. But by following these steps your DWI or drunk driving case will be a lot stronger.
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Take these steps if stopped for DWI in Texas.
- Be prepared to give your driver’s license and proof of insurance. When stopped for drinking and driving or for being under the influence of narcotics, you should expect to provide your ID and proof of insurance to the officer. Do not take off your seat belt to get your insurance papers before the officer is at your window.
- Stay in the car with your hands in plain sight and do not make any sudden movements. If the officer asks you to get out of the vehicle, politely ask him if he is ordering you to step out of the vehicle. If he says yes, then follow his order and step out.
- Do not volunteer any information. You have a right not to speak (remain silent) and not to incriminate yourself. Use this right! If the police officer asks you questions about drinking, driving, drugs, or anything else you do not have to answer these questions — politely refuse.
- Do not try to talk your way out of anything. Speak as little as possible and let the officer do the talking. Police officers are well-trained and you should not try to explain, justify or argue with the police officer.
- Always be respectful and nice to the police officer. This can be tough but it is important for you to keep your emotions in check, even when you feel the stop was unjustified.
- Do not perform any of the field sobriety tests. These can include walking a line test, touching your nose, saying the alphabet backward, counting backward, and/or the one-legged stand test.
- If you have been drinking, you should consider refusing a breath and blood test. By refusing, you will increase the risk of losing your driver’s license but your DWI/drunk driving defense will be much stronger.
- Before voluntarily agreeing to anything, you should consult a lawyer. A lawyer will let you know the consequences of any action you choose and can help inform you of your rights. Keep in mind, an officer may say that you do not have a right to an attorney yet or that an attorney is not needed. But you always have the right to request an attorney when you are being accused of a crime like a DWI.
- Challenge your license suspension immediately. If the police arrest you for DWI, your driver’s license will likely be suspended. However, you have 15 days from the date you are arrested to request an alcohol-related driver’s license suspension hearing (an ALR hearing).
- If you have any questions about DWI/drunk driving contact us here at Matthew Pillado PLLC to get answers. You should consider contacting an attorney. It is not too late to protect your rights.
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