With the holidays approaching, law enforcement will be on high alert for
the increased number of drivers who are operating a motor vehicle while
intoxicated. In some locations the police presence will be extremely high..
If you are
stopped for DWI, you may feel intimidated and scared. Although just being stopped is a
good indication that you may be arrested, there are some things you can
do to lessen the possibility of arrest and improve your chances in court
if you are arrested.
Of course, you should never drive if you are intoxicated. However, even
a small amount of alcohol in your system can mean that you could be considered
at fault for any accident that occurs and you could still arrested for
drunk driving even if you are below the legal limit. And it doesn't
take many drinks to exceed the legal limit, much depends on your body
weight and how much time has elapsed since you had your last drink. If
you are going to drink, even socially, then you need to realize that you
could be stopped for DWI.
Remember that a vehicle that appears to be in disrepair, is excessively
loud or that has any burned-out or broken lights, will attract the attention
of police officers who are keeping an eye out for dangerous drivers. Drivers
who fail to obey traffic laws by speeding or ignoring stop signs will
also draw the attention of law enforcement, as will a driver who appears
to be weaving or erratic.
Even if you are not driving erratically, you can be pulled over for something
as simple as a broken tail light, or some other minor infraction. At that
point, if the officer believes you are under the influence, he may ask
you to perform
field sobriety tests. Failing these tests gives the officer probable cause to arrest and to
Blood/Breath Alcohol Content (BAC) test.
If you are
arrested for DWI, be aware that this is a serious charge that could seriously disrupt both
your personal and your professional life. It could mean jail time, probation, costly
surcharges by DPS, your car insurance may increase and a mark on your reputation
that could have a detrimental effect on your career and your family life.
If you are
charged with DWI, you need an advocate working to defend you. Herman Martinez is a
Houston DWI Attorney who is certified by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
to administer the same field sobriety tests that the police use to base
arrests on. This expertise makes him particularly adept at finding inconsistencies
and irregularities in these test results.
If you have been arrested for DWI, don't put your future at risk. Seek
the best representation for your case.
Contact us for a consultation today