Five Tips for Dealing with a DUI in Texas
In 2017, there were 1024 fatalities due to DUIs in Texas. While it’s a clear problem in many cities, DUI arrests often happen to those who are barely over the legal limit.
No matter your station in life, a DUI charge is not something you want on your record. Not only are steep fines and jail time typically involved, but they get worse with every subsequent arrest.
Discover these tips that can minimize damage if you’ve been pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
During the panic of being pulled over, it’s natural to want to explain your situation and engage the officer in conversation. However, all you’re required to tell an officer in any circumstance is your name and address — that’s it. By staying silent, you can avoid saying something that might be held against you in court.
Politely Refuse a Field Sobriety Test
When caught up in the moment, you might feel a lot of pressure to comply with an officer’s field sobriety tests. But many of these tests are difficult to pass even when stark sober, so it’s best to politely refuse this option if it’s presented to you.
Have an Excuse in Mind? Forget it!
Under the effects of alcohol, your judgment is the first thing to be influenced. While you may be anxious to explain how you’ve “only had two drinks” or how you “know your tolerance and it’s way higher than this”, try to remember that your argument won’t come out the way you think it will. Not to mention, officers have heard these excuses many times.
In Texas, You Can Refuse a Breathalyzer
Although all 50 states have an implied consent law that states that drivers who refuse a breath test can face additional charges, in Texas, the only penalty is a suspended license. This means that by refusing to take the breath test, you can avoid incriminating yourself and fix the issue with your driver’s license at a later date.
Make Them Obtain a Warrant to Draw Your Blood
In addition to not doing their job for them, there is another advantage to politely waiting for the officer to obtain a warrant rather than accepting a blood test. If their warrant contains any flaws, such as a missing date or lack of reasons for the arrest, it can potentially dismiss your court case.
Call Phillip A. Linder When Arrested for a DUI
Once you’re facing a DUI charge, you’re going to need representation. It will be a stressful time for you, and there’s a lot of paperwork and planning that you’ll need for your court date. Phillip Linder has over 25 years of experience arguing in the courts of Texas and he can give you the best shot at a favorable outcome. Call today for a free consultation.