Protecting Your Rights if Stopped for a Potential DUI
Posted By Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass || 8-Mar-2012
Being stopped for a suspected DWI or DUI charge can be one of the most terrifying experiences of your life—however, it is important to stay calm, as the way you act can potentially hurt your case. Make sure you’re protected with these tips for how to handle a DUI stop.
Don’t Provide Unnecessary Information
The first step when stopped for a potential DUI in Texas is to be courteous and polite without admitting to a crime. For example, the police officer may ask you if you have been drinking, to which you can answer with another question such as “why do you ask?” or “would you like to see my license?” This allows you to remain polite without providing information that will incriminate you; after all, you are not under any obligation to provide the officer with any information beyond your driver’s license and registration. In fact, admitting that you have been drinking will only give the officer cause to pursue the matter in which case you’ll need to find an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Refuse Subjective Tests
It is also important not to take any type of roadside sobriety test as these are not based on a pass or fail method but rather give the police officers the probable cause they need to request a chemical BAC test. While many people think that they have to adhere to the officer’s wishes, there is actually no requirement stating that you have to perform these tests. Instead, you can politely decline to take a roadside sobriety test without worrying about a possible penalty.
Consult an Attorney
The best way to protect your rights if stopped for a potential DUI is to consult with a criminal attorney. A lawyer will investigate all aspects of the traffic stop, including the roadside test, breathalyzer test, and help determine if the breathalyzer machine was improperly calibrated.
With over 20 years of experience, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are seasoned at defending DWI and DUI charges. Set up a free consultation to speak with a criminal defense lawyer in Dallas by calling our Dallas office at .