Getting pulled over for driving while intoxicated is scary. Your rights and freedom are at risk, and you might not know what to do to protect yourself. Too often, people give up the rights that are essential to defending themselves as the case progresses.
With that in mind, we would like to offer a list of 5 tips for people facing a DWI charge:
1. Don’t give up any of your rights. You have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test and the right to remain silent. Use these rights.
2. Be polite. We recommend that you protect your rights, but that you should also not be rude while doing that. Rudeness will not help your case and will not make the officer, prosecutor or future jury favor your side.
3. Clean up your Facebook. If you’re arrested for DWI, the first thing you should do after you are released from jail is remove any damaging pictures or status updates from your Facebook (or Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) profile. The prosecutor may look at your Facebook, and if he or she notices that you live the “party lifestyle,” he or she may be less willing to negotiate a lesser sentence for you.
4. Don’t try to defend yourself. The prosecution has professionals trying your case. You should have professionals defending you. An Austin DWI attorney can help you receive a better plea bargain or get your case dismissed entirely. Your freedom is precious. Hire an attorney to help defend it.
5. Request a hearing to save your license. In Texas, your license can be suspended for six months for refusal to take a breathalyzer test. This isn’t automatic, though: You have 15 days after your arrest to request an administrative license revocation hearing. This hearing can save your driver’s license, so take advantage of it.
If you’ve been charged with DWI, contact our office today for a no-cost consultation.