Top 5 Dumbest Mistakes People Make When Stopped for Suspicion of DWI

You’re leaving a fun-filled evening of dinner and drinks with good friends.  You felt fine to drive home when you grabbed your keys and walked out of the Uptown pub, a decision you’ll regret drastically in a few moments.

To your surprise, piercing white light shines into your mirror, and blue and red lights flash behind you. Now you wish you had your lawyer on speed dial.

What next? Regardless of how "fine" you THOUGHT you felt 15 minutes ago, I can promise you won't feel fine if you take any of the following actions.

5. Keep it shady. Want to put the officer on high alert? Don't turn on your internal lights. Keep it dark and shady in your car, which is a sure way to make the officer feel uneasy and annoyed! 

4. Make tons of sudden movements. There is no better way to make you look suspicious than to reach under the seat or act like you're pulling out a gun!  

3. Leave your driver's license and insurance at home. Officers don't care about these things, right?

2. Give the officer some attitude.  REMEMBER that anything you say or do can be used against you. But who cares about that?

1. Take the Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) while you’re intoxicated.  Trying the HGN test, doing the one-legged stand, counting or saying the ABC's backwards, walking back and forth on an imaginary line, or taking a breath or blood test while intoxicated should be a breeze!

In all seriousness, I do not recommend taking the FST’s if you have had anything at all to drink. Note, however, that one’s refusal to participate in FSTs will likely result in a mandatory six-month license revocation. In my opinion, this is a small price to pay to avoid battling against a disastrous FST result when defending your case.

If you think you are tipsy or mildly drunk, call an Uber or Lyft! Do not drink and drive. As always, take care and drive safely! If you have a past DWI, know that there is hope for getting your record sealed thanks to recent changes in Texas law. Need help? Call us at 972-ASK-CHAD. Our phones are answered 24-7.

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Chad West, PLLC does not condone drinking and driving.

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