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Getting pulled over by the police can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you’ve had a few drinks. It’s crucial to know your rights and understand what to do and what not to do in this situation. DWI Guys Texas, a premier criminal defense firm serving San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and Austin, is here to guide you through the process. If you ever find yourself in need of legal representation, give us a call at (210) 570-2590 or visit our website at dwiguystexas.com.

Pull Over Safely and Promptly

As soon as you notice the police lights or hear the siren, signal your intention to pull over and find a safe spot to stop your vehicle. If there is a well-lit gas station or parking lot very close by, pull in there. If you pull over on the side of the road, try to find the safest place for the officer. Make sure you are as far off the road as possible to avoid obstructing traffic. Do not attempt to evade the police or make any sudden movements.

What To Do During a Traffic Stop if You're Intoxicated

Stay Calm and Be Polite

Keep in mind that the officer is just doing their job. Treat them with respect and remain calm. Avoid making any aggressive or confrontational remarks, as this will only escalate the situation.

Turn Off Your Vehicle and Keep Your Hands Visible

After stopping your vehicle, turn off the engine and roll down your window. Keep your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them. Avoid making any sudden movements or reaching for items in your vehicle without informing the officer. Do not reach into the glove compartment to get a copy of your insurance until the officer asks you for it.

Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent

While you must provide your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance when requested, you have the right to remain silent. Politely inform the officer that you wish to exercise this right if they ask questions about your alcohol consumption or any other potentially incriminating information.

Refuse Field Sobriety Tests

You have the right to refuse to participate in field sobriety tests, such as the walk-and-turn or the one-leg stand. These tests can be subjective and may work against you in court if you’re charged with a DWI.

Understand the Consequences of Refusing a Breath or Blood Test

Texas has an implied consent law, which means that by driving, you agree to submit to a breath or blood test if you’re suspected of DWI. Refusing to take these tests can result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license. However, you should weigh the consequences of a refusal against the potential evidence that may be used against you in court.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are arrested for a DWI, contact DWI Guys Texas as soon as possible. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and build a strong defense on your behalf.

Remember, the best way to avoid a DWI is to never drink and drive. Always designate a sober driver or use a rideshare service if you’ve been consuming alcohol. If you find yourself facing a DWI charge, trust the skilled attorneys at DWI Guys Texas to help you navigate the legal process. Give us a call at (210) 570-2590 or visit dwiguystexas.com for more information.

Disclaimer:

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