Protect Your Rights During a DWI Stop
Imagine you’re the designated driver on a Saturday night. Perhaps you only had a couple beers and feel perfectly confident to drive your friends home. All designated drivers face a challenge: they must be able to concentrate when driving with rowdy people in their vehicle. Under these circumstances, it’s easy to accidentally roll through a stop sign, misjudge a red light, or pull out too far into an intersection. Experienced Plano DWI attorney Andrew Peveto provides some important information that may help you protect your rights if you are ever suspected of driving while intoxicated.
Information every designated driver should know:
- Minor traffic violations, such as rolling through a stop sign area or crossing the white line in an intersection, give police officers an excuse to pull you over. And believe me, they will. About 80 percent of DWI cases begin with a stop for a minor traffic violation.
- If a police officer asks you how many drinks you have had, one seems to be the best answer, but stick to it.
- If you are suspected of driving while intoxicated, the officer will ask you to step out of your vehicle and perform the Field Sobriety Test (FST). FST’s are unreliable and even sober people have difficulty passing them.
- When pulled over, remember that the entire event will be recorded. Police officers wear microphones on their uniforms and police cars are equipped with two cameras.
- You have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test.
- If you are pulled over for a DWI, consider exercising your right to remain silent and to not perform any tests consensually. Everything you say to law enforcement officers can be used against you - in fact, they want you to talk.
- A clever way to invoke your rights without looking guilty is to say, “I would love to cooperate officer. I just want to talk to my attorney first.” Call it “cooperative non-cooperation”.
If you have been charged with a DWI and need an attorney, contact the Peveto Law Office at (972) 808-5117 to schedule a complimentary legal consultation. Andrew Peveto holds extensive experience fighting DWI cases in Plano and Collin County.