What to do if you are stopped for a DWI
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What to do if you are stopped for a DWI

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Of the 25,261 car accidents in Texas that involved drinking and driving in 2021, 1,029 people died and 2,522 experienced serious injuries. In fact, 24% of all deaths from traffic accidents involved intoxication.

In Texas, driving while impaired (DWI) has severe penalties, but if the police pull you over because they suspect a DWI, take the following actions.

Prepare yourself

When you see the lights of the police car in your rearview mirror, take a deep breath. Then, avoid driving erratically as you choose a safe area to pull over. While you wait for them to approach your vehicle, prepare your documents. Avoid suspicious movements.

Refuse field testing

Did you know that you can refuse to take field sobriety tests, including breathalyzers? Many things can impact the results of these tests. First, the police judge field sobriety tests, and if you have balance issues or have shoes or clothing that restrict your movement, the officer may fail you. In addition, your food intake, medications or medical conditions can skew a breathalyzer. Therefore, refuse these tests. However, the police can force you to take a blood test at the police station if they arrest you.

Close your mouth

Any encounter with law enforcement can make you nervous. If you talk a lot when you are nervous, make it a point to silence your mouth. The police will ask you questions, such as how much you have had to drink. Do not answer them. You have a legal right to protect yourself against self-incrimination. However, do not lie either. Just respectfully refuse to answer the officers’ questions.

Always treat the police with kindness and respect, but your best defense is designating a driver or calling a cab if you have consumed alcohol or drugs.