The holidays are just around the corner, which means that all sorts of gatherings of friends, families, and coworkers will be starting up soon. It’s no secret that many people enjoy imbibing a little during office holiday parties and family get-togethers, which is why anyone who chooses to participate should remember the consequences of drinking while driving.
No one wants to get arrested for DWI during the holidays, let alone deal with the outcome of a conviction. A DWI conviction in Texas can mean jail time, fines, and a loss of driving privileges – especially if it’s not your first conviction.
We at The Alband Law Firm want everyone to have a safe and joyful holiday season, so take a second to review the following tips to avoid a DWI:
- Find a designated sober driving before going out
- Download a rideshare app as a backup, and make sure your payment information is correct
- Ask a friend or even your host if it’s OK to stay the night
- Get a hotel or motel room within walking distance of your party
- If you’re taking a prescription medication, make sure it won’t react negatively with alcohol
- Beware of DWI checkpoints, which may be publicized in your local newspaper ahead of time
What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for DWI?
If you are pulled over or arrested for DWI, never discuss your drinking with the officer. All you have to do is provide the police with your driver’s license and registration card, and answer biographical questions, such as “What is your name?” or “Where do you live?”
You are not obligated to answer any other questions the police officer asks, so politely decline to do so – especially if they are related to your drinking. If you choose to answer, though, don’t lie.
You are also not obligated to participate in a field sobriety test, such as walking in a straight line or following a police officer’s flashlight with your eyes. Not only are these tests unscientific that even sober people may not pass all the time, but there is also no penalty for declining and no benefit to “passing” them.
Keep in mind that you are required to take a blood or breath test under Texas’ implied consent laws. Declining these tests can trigger a one-year suspension of your license, so decide whether or not to comply after consulting with your attorney.
Speaking of your attorney – make sure you contact one as soon as possible when you are arrested for DWI. Professional legal advice and guidance can save you from a DUI conviction or reduce the charges you’ll face in court.
For more information about how an attorney from The Alband Law Firm can help, call (817) 997-4366 now.