3 Common Mistakes Committed by Drivers Suspected of a DWI/DUI
Posted By The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass || 16-Jun-2013
Driving under the influence is a serious charge that can have long-term consequences. If you are accused of a DUI, speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Here are a few of the common mistakes committed by drivers suspected of driving under the influence:
Agreeing to Field Sobriety Tests
In Texas, you are not required to submit to field sobriety tests. You cannot be given a separate ticket, but a refusal will increase your odds of being arrested. The police are not required to tell you that you do not have to complete field sobriety tests, so many people comply. Unfortunately, field sobriety tests can be unreliable, and the results can be used against you. This is why agreeing to complete field sobriety tests is a mistake. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to challenge the administration of field sobriety tests or the use of these tests in court.
Ignoring the Consequences
If you are convicted of DWI, you face a number of consequences, which vary depending on your prior convictions. For a first offense, you are facing a fine of up to $2,000, the loss of your license for up to one year, an annual fee of $1,000 to $2,000 for three years to maintain your license, and jail time ranging from three days to 180 days. Additionally, you may see an impact in your personal life, such as time away from work and consequences with your family.
Failing to Hire an Attorney
Some people assume that they can handle their own cases or that the charges will be easily resolved. This is usually not true. There are intricacies involved in every case, and an experienced criminal defense attorney understands the law and how to attack your charges.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we have extensive experience defending clients charged with DUI and DWI. We know the questions to ask and how to challenge a DUI charge. Call to learn how we can help you today.