by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
DUI/DWI Charges in Texas
A DUI/DWI charge can have a serious effect on your life. Phillip A. Linder can help you if you’ve been charged, but there are actions you can take when you’re stopped by the police in your car that can help you avoid complications in your case.
Read through these tips to learn how you can conduct yourself when you’re pulled over by the police.
Keep These Tips in Mind if You’re Pulled Over:
1. Remain Silent
It’s often best to give the officer the minimum amount of information required, such as your name and address. Beyond that, keep your lips sealed. Anything else you say may be used against you later, even if it seems harmless at the moment.
2. Politely Say No to Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety tests aren’t guaranteed to be a good determinant of intoxication, given that even a sober person can fail them. Even if you feel pressure to conform to the officer’s demands, you have the right to refuse these tests.
3. Keep Your Excuses to Yourself
When you’re pulled over, you may feel the urge to explain yourself. But remember tip #1 and stay silent. Your argument may get you into deeper trouble by admitting wrongdoing and confirming the officer’s suspicions.
4. You Can Refuse a Breathalyzer in Texas
In all 50 states, refusing a breath test can result in additional consequences. But in Texas, the only consequence is a suspended license. While this may be inconvenient, you can avoid incriminating yourself and get your license back later.
5. No Warrant? No Blood
Additionally, you can refuse a blood test until officers have a warrant. If their warrant contains any flaws, you may be able to get your case dismissed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a DUI or DWI worse in Texas?
In Texas, a DWI carries more severe consequences than a DUI. However, both charges are serious and can have an impact on your life, including jail time. But with the help of a knowledgeable lawyer like Phillip A. Linder, you may be able to get a reduced charge.
Can you avoid jail time for your first DUI?
Yes, it’s possible to avoid jail time for your first DUI in Texas. This can be done with the help of an experienced lawyer, like Phillip A. Linder, on your side. He may be able to get rid of your DUI charge or help you get probation so you can avoid going to jail.
What can a lawyer do for a DUI?
A lawyer can examine all aspects of your DUI charge and try to find issues with the arrest. If there’s an error that was made, the charge could be reduced or dismissed. Phillip A. Linder has been fighting for people’s rights and their freedom for over 25 years, and he offers free case reviews.
Call Phillip A. Linder for a Free Case Review
If you’re arrested for a DUI/DWI, you’ll need an experienced lawyer to help you. Phillip A. Linder has been helping people like you in Texas for over 25 years. He also offers his knowledge to you during a free case review, so there’s no reason for you to hesitate.
To learn more, give us a call or fill out our online contact form on this page. We’ll get back to you right away to set up a time to talk about your case.