Patio weather is here in Texas. It is hard to believe another year has gone by and Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us again. See the link below from EventBrite.com for a list of amazing Cinco de Mayo events in the DFW.
With all the patio fun and celebration that good weather brings, one not-so-great effect is a bounty of DWI arrests. DWI laws in Texas are very strict and being arrested is a terrible way to end a wonderful evening with friends or family. An arrest for DWI can change your life. A DWI carries heavy financial penalties – it can even land you in jail.
A DWI stop can happen to anyone. Knowing your limits and knowing your rights is key. If you are pulled over this Cinco de Mayo remember that you should always be polite to police officers and use your common sense. Police officers have a difficult and dangerous job. We all owe them our gratitude and respect for their commitment to protecting our communities. However, our respect for them and their work does not mean we must give up our rights. Be aware:
You should comply with officer requests to step out of your car and present your license and insurance. Keep you hands visible and stay calm.
You can refuse to take any and all chemical tests including breath and blood. If there is probable cause they can get a warrant to take those samples, but consenting to tests that may not be reliable and can be used against you is not in your best interest.
You can remain silent as to anything that may incriminate you, but do so politely. Ask the officer why they stopped you and if you are currently under arrest.
You can contact an attorney if you are arrested and taken into custody. Ask to call your attorney before being asked any questions. Be firm but polite when requesting to contact your attorney prior to any questioning.
If you are arrested for a DWI, an attorney can help you protect your rights and navigate the process. Be safe and smart out there this Cinco de Mayo!