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What To Do When Pulled Over For a DWI

by | May 12, 2016 | Criminal Defense

Being convicted of a DWI in Texas can result in heavy fines, a license suspension and potential jail time. If you’ve been pulled over and the officer suspects that you’ve been driving while intoxicated, it’s important to understand what your rights are and what to do to not further incriminate yourself. In our latest blog, our Dallas DWI defense attorney shares a list of what to do when pulled over for a DWI.

Remember You Rights

Just because you’ve been stopped for a DWI does not mean you’re under arrest. You have rights, and you should remember to use them. An officer can only keep you for as long as it takes to complete the purpose of the stop, and you are not obligated to answer any of his or her questions. It’s important to be cordial with the officer, but avoid engaging
in any conversation.

Say No To Field Sobriety Tests

Texas law does not require you to take field sobriety tests. Officers typically use these types of tests to confirm their suspicions of your inebriation. You may be tempted to take the test in an effort to get yourself off the hook, but these tests are designed to show that you’re guilty of driving while intoxicated.

Call An Attorney

If you are arrested, you have the right to demand for an attorney immediately.
A DWI arrest is not a conviction, and Attorney Peter Barrett has more than 25 years of legal experience in guiding clients through the complexities of the legal system. Our DWI defense attorney can investigate the details of your case to offer personalized representation to help avoid the maximum penalties of your offense.

Get the defense you need from a Dallas DWI defense attorney who is named in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and maintains a 10.0 Superb Rating by Avvo. Call (214) 307-8667 today or fill out our online form to request your free initial consultation.