A DWI is a crime that can impact you financially and legally, in addition to your employment prospects and your reputation. For example, if convicted of drinking and driving, you could face jail time, loss of your driving privileges for a certain period of time and the requirement to pay a large fine.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, you face these penalties if your blood alcohol content level meets or exceeds 0.08% while driving. If a law enforcement official pulls you over, refrain from doing the following during the arrest process.
Providing too much information
When the law enforcement official conducting the arrests asks you a question, provide simple “yes” or “no” answers. Refrain from going into too much detail and elaborating on your answers when responding to questions.
Trying to flee the scene of the arrest
Do not try to evade the arrest when pulled over for a DWI. Trying to flee the scene of the arrest can result in additional complications with your case and aggravated penalties.
Refusing to comply
When the law enforcement official approaches your vehicle, have your driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration information ready to present. While you can refuse a field sobriety test or a breath test, you should still cooperate with the arrest process.
After you get arrested for drinking and driving, you may worry about what lies ahead, both in your personal life and from a legal standpoint. Take steps to protect your legal interests following the arrest process to potentially minimize the penalties and consequences you face.