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Criminal Law Austin, Texas

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DWI arrests what to do

After You Have Been Stopped:

  • Be polite
  • Have your drivers’ license, registration, and insurance ready
  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them as they approach your vehicle
  • Be aware that you are being videotaped and do not do anything that you would not want a jury to see
  • Keep quiet; respond to officers’ questions politely but do not admit to anything or volunteer any information that could be used against you later

After a DWI Arrest:

  • Exercise your right to remain silent and contact a lawyer as soon as possible
  • Request a drivers’ license hearing within 15 days of your arrest to avoid an automatic suspension of your license

I realize that if you are reading this now, chances are very good that the DWI arrest has already occurred, that you have probably been released from custody, and that much of this advice comes too late. If this is the case, I recommend that you try to remember as much as you can and jot down notes about the circumstances of the stop and subsequent DWI arrest. What did you say or do? What did the officers say or do? How was the field sobriety test given? Anything you can remember may be helpful to your defense.

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