Many people who are stopped for a DWI in Texas have various misconceptions about drunk driving or ways to beat the system. Unfortunately, false information can be regarded as truth. People often buy into stories they hear from friends and this can have adverse consequences.
If you ever have any doubts about your situation, you should contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer. It is critical to arm yourself with the facts in order to help yourself in the future.
The following are several myths that our Plan DWI attorney has debunked for you:
- Myth: You need to answer all of the police officer’s questions. Fact: According to the U.S. Constitution, you have the right to protect yourself against self-incrimination and a right to remain silent. You are not legally required to speak to a police officer. Just remain as quiet as possible and request the presence of your attorney.
- Myth: Alcohol on your breath is a reliable sign of alcohol consumption and intoxication. Fact: Actually, alcohol is an odorless substance. When you breathe out, your breath is actually only the odor of the things that are commonly found in alcoholic beverages. While an officer cannot prove you are impaired based on the smell of your breath, though the smell of something like beer will most likely result in the officer investigating the situation further.
- Myth: You can trick the breath test device by putting metal or pennies in your mouth. Fact: There is nothing that you can put in your mouth which will lower your BAC level. Additionally, mouthwash and breath freshener may actually raise your level since these products contain small traces of alcohol.
- Myth: If you wish to plead guilty, you do not need an attorney. No matter how you plead, you still need legal counsel. Even if you decide to plead guilty, your attorney can negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor that results in reduced charges or penalties.