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Charged with DWI / DUI? Know Your Rights!

Charged with DWI / DUI? Know Your Rights!

Protect Your Rights in a DWI

If you have specific questions about your DWI or DUI case, or would like to discuss your legal options with an attorney today, call us today at 1-800-ATTORNEY!

Choosing to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol can result in serious consequences. For starters, you could seriously injure yourself or others in a car accident. All states within the U.S. recognize the seriousness of driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI) and impose serious legal repercussions for those caught doing so.

In addition to causing injury, you could also have your license suspended or be convicted of a felony and spend time in prison. While laws associated with DUI and DWI are clear, there are certain issues that a criminal attorney can evaluate to ensure that your rights have not been violated.

Prior to being charged with a DWI/DUI, a law enforcement officer probably suspected that you were under the influence. There are a number of ways that he or she could have arrived at this conclusion, but a criminal attorney will review your response (or lack of response) to determine your best course of action moving forward.

Can I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

If a law enforcement officer suspects that you are under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, they may ask you to submit to a field sobriety test (e.g., counting backward or walking a straight line). You have the right to refuse a test to determine if you are under the influence of alcohol.

In the state of Texas, refusing a sobriety test can result in your license being suspended for up to two years, however, you can fight this. There is a short period from when you are arrested, that you can fight to appeal the suspension. A criminal attorney is essential in this process.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

The Texas criminal system has a lot of pressure from interest groups and constituents to prosecute cases of DWI/DUI to the fullest extent. When fighting such a charge, having a criminal defense attorney on your side will give you a much better chance at a successful defense.

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