What happens when you are arrested for DWI in the Houston area?
When you are pulled over by an officer who suspects you are driving while intoxicated, you will go through a process that many other motorists have gone through. The investigation begins with the officer giving you a reason for the stop, then providing his name.
You will be asked to show your license and insurance. Unlike other criminal investigations, you probably will not hear the officer read your Miranda rights. While you may be frightened, or perhaps even angry, it's important to be polite and have your paperwork ready. You should also always keep your hands where the officer can see them.
The officer will begin field sobriety tests if he or she notices signs such as:
- Smell of alcohol on your breath
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Slumping, leaning or slurring your speech
Your rights during a Texas DWI arrest
You do have the right to refuse to take the tests and request a lawyer. While the officer will likely not let you call your attorney, you can decline to answer his questions. Also, you may be required to submit to a mandatory blood test in some instances (if you are very visibly intoxicated or if you have a prior record).
If you fail the field sobriety tests, or if you refuse to take the tests, you will be transported to jail. You also will be videotaped, or audio taped, while being transported in the police cruiser. The police also may confiscate your license.
How a drunk driving defense lawyer in Texas can help
While the process can be frightening, you don't have to go through it alone. An experienced DWI defense lawyer in Houston Area can guide you. Contact Joseph LaBella & Associates for a free consultation. Attorney LaBella has more than 20 years of experience handling DWI cases and other serious criminal matters. Call 1-800-395-5951 today to see how our firm can help.