Here at the Law Office of Kathy Holton, we understand the possibly immense pressure one can feel when being suspected of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). This is why we strongly advise all our clients to avoid actions that might aggravate the situation or add unnecessary complications.
Here are initial steps that you or your loved one can remember when you encounter being pulled over or investigated for DWI or DUI.
Safely and Calmly Pull Over
Remember that once you have been flagged or called to pull over, the police have started taking notes of your behavior. Don’t panic — that’s the first thing that you have to keep in mind. Second, drive in a normal speed and pull over in a secure location.
Be Polite & Avoid Conspicuous Movements
When the police approach your vehicle, don’t make sudden movements to avoid suspicion. Try to keep your hands on the wheel, look as calm as possible, and avoid twitching, fidgeting, and rapid eye movements. Politely greet them and try not to use hostility or even sarcasm.
Avoid Self-Incriminating Statements
Cooperate with the police by giving your name, license, and registration. However, beyond that you need to answer carefully. If you think the question or possible answer can be used against you, invoke your rights against self-incrimination and say that you will need to have a legal representation present.
You Have the Right to Decline a Field Sobriety Test and Using a Hand Held Breathalyzer
In the State of Texas, drivers are not obliged to take a field sobriety test or use a hand-held breathalyzer since they have already been deemed unreliable. Immediately decline and ask for your attorney before entertaining such requests.
Document and Take Down Notes of the Incident
In any legal battle, details are vital. Through time, even just after an hour, one’s memory can be hazy or be slightly altered. This is why it is important to write down simple information about your entire experience such as your actions prior to the incident, the people you were with, the food and drinks you took, the time and location when you were pulled over, and the names of the officers you talked to.
Kindly take note that these are only tips on what you can do when faced with such situation. When in doubt, the best person to consult with is still your attorney.
Why Kathy Holton for DWI and DUI Lawyer in Georgetown, TX?
If you or your loved one are potentially facing a DWI case, let Kathy Holton be your guiding hand in this difficult moment. The Law Office of Kathy Holton is available 24/7 for you and your family. Schedule a free initial consultation today.