Getting pulled over on suspicion of DWI can be a very stressful experience. Many people do not know what to say or how to act, and if police arrest you, a simple mistake may hurt your chances of structuring an effective defense.
If Texas police have charged you with driving while intoxicated, then your first call should be to a DWI attorney. A Dallas DWI lawyer from the Law Offices of Robert Gregg can customize a defense based on the unique facts of your case. Call us today at (214) 891-7536 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Until then, read on to learn how to behave during a traffic stop in Texas:
The First Steps
Although you should make every attempt to follow the officer’s instructions, this does not mean that you have to answer every question or complete every request. You should pull over to a safe location, and provide your driver’s license, registration and other requested documentation. However, there are certain questions that you are not required to answer, and sometimes, it is best to be polite and decline to answer without an attorney present.
Questions You Are Not Required to Answer
If an officer asks whether or not you have been drinking, you are free to decline to answer. It is important to understand, however, that you should never deliberately lie. If you have had a few drinks, you may simply state that you are uncomfortable answering questions without an attorney present.
Although your BAC may not be over the legal limit after one or two drinks, this is not always the case. Several factors, including your age, weight, sex and alcohol tolerance, can influence how your body responds to alcohol.
You are also not required to disclose where you are coming from or where you are going. If you are coming from a bar or party, then the officer is more likely to believe that you are intoxicated. Again, you should never lie to the officer, but you can simply state that you do not feel comfortable answering questions without an attorney present.
You May Decline a Breath Test
In Texas, drivers can decline to take a breathalyzer test, according to the Texas Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; however, your license will be immediately suspended. The positive side, however, is that you will avoid having a physical record of your BAC.
You Do Not Have to Complete Roadside Sobriety Tests
The officer may request that you complete roadside sobriety tests. These include walking a straight line and reciting the alphabet backward.
Unless you are sober and feel confident in your coordination, you should decline to take roadside sobriety tests. These are highly subjective, and there are several factors outside of intoxication that could cause you to fail. Inclement weather and wearing certain shoes could affect your performance.
If Texas police have arrested you for driving while intoxicated, then you should take the charges seriously and contact a Dallas DWI attorney as soon as possible. Call 214-559-3444 today to schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Robert Gregg. Visit USAttorneys.com to learn about potential defenses against DWI charges.