There are many questions that surround driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges. To classify as intoxicated in Texas, one must have a .08 blood alcohol content level. DWI charges can result in strict penalties based upon the circumstances of the case. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2014 there were 952 deaths resulting from fatal car crashes involving an intoxicated driver.
Consider the following when you are facing DWI charges:
- Respect Law Enforcement: Remember to act in a respectful manner towards the officer who arrests you for DWI charges. Also, make sure to obey every order issued by the arresting officer. Never argue with the officer despite the temptation.
- Refuse Field Tests: If you are asked to step out of your vehicle to provide a field sobriety test, politely refuse the officer’s request. Any information gathered from this field test will only serve to bolster your DWI charge. If you successfully perform during a field sobriety test, this simply means that there will be less evidence upon which to build your conviction.
- Contact a Lawyer ASAP: As soon as you are charged with DWI, which likely means the moment that you are released from jail, seek help from an attorney who can begin building the best defense possible. A lawyer can also help ensure that your DWI charge does not spin out of control and further impact your life.
- Keep Your Address Up to Date: Make sure the address on your driver’s license is the same address at which you receive mail. If you do not make sure to check the mail regularly, you risk missing the right to challenge driver’s license suspension due to your DWI.
- Follow Your Bond Conditions: Make sure to meet the terms of your bond, which might include having a deep lung device installed in your car or reporting in periodically to your bond supervisor. Part of following the bond terms might also mean avoiding the urge to drink alcohol. The best practice is simply to abstain from alcohol for the duration of your bond.
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