What happens at a DWI traffic stop?

| Mar 20, 2019 | Firm News

A DWI arrest can have disastrous consequences. Before a conviction even takes place, you can start to feel the effects. For example, the Texas Longhorns fired one of their players after police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol

To get out of this situation all right, you need to start acting credibly and supporting your defense from the moment a police officer pulls you over. You should never get behind the wheel if you had anything to drink that evening. However, if you think you have something to hide during a traffic stop, then here are some aspects to bear in mind. 

The officer may ask you a bunch of questions

A police officer only has to read you Miranda rights when taking you into custody. Before that happens, the officer can ask you numerous questions, but you do have the right to remain silent. There are some questions you have to answer. You have to provide your name and show your driver’s license and registration when asked. However, you do not have to tell the officer where you were before he or she pulled you over. Saying you were at a bar with friends only makes you more suspicious and bolsters the officer’s claims. 

The officer may ask you to step out of the vehicle

It is common for cops to administer field sobriety tests to check whether someone is under the influence. Some common tests are the one-leg stand and the horizontal gaze nystagmus. The problem with these tests lies in the fact that even someone who is completely sober can fail them. You actually do not have to perform these tests. In the event the officer does end up arresting you, then you will need to submit to a chemical test, or you risk automatically losing your driver’s license. Above all else, it is vital to remain calm and to not give the officer a reason to arrest you.